Metrical psalms in The Sacred Harp (1991 edition).

In The Sacred Harp one finds 87 tunes that use words from 49 different psalms.

Other metrical psalms in shape-note notation.
Links to websites about the psalms.

PsalmS.H.TuneIncipit
Psalm 001 486Beneficence#486 Beneficence Ps 1 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
That man is blessed who stands in awe;
Psalm 005 077bHolcombe#77b Holcombe Ps 5 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Lord, in the morning Thou shalt hear My voice ascending high;
Psalm 005 171Exhortation#171 Exhortation (First) Ps 5 (Watts, 1719)
Lord, in the morning Thou shalt hear My voice ascending high;
Psalm 005 173Phoebus#173 Phoebus Ps 5 (Watts, 1719)
Lord, in the morning Thou shalt hear My voice ascending high;
Psalm 018 291 MajestyPsalm 18:9-10 (Thomas Sternhold, 1549 or 1561)
The Lord descended from above, And bowed the heav'ns most high;
Psalm 019 391Sounding Joy#391 Sounding Joy Ps 19 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Behold the morning sun Begins his glorious way,
Psalm 019 202New LebanonP. Sherman (1808); Ps 19 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Great God, the heav'n's well-ordered frame Declares the glories of Thy name;
Psalm 019 479ChesterWilliam Billings (1770); (Philip Doddridge, 1755)
Let the high heav'ns your songs invite, These spacious fields of brilliant light,
Second stanza is from Psalm 19 (Isaac Watts 1719)
Sun, moon, and stars convey Thy praise, 'Round the whole earth and never stand,
Psalm 019 518Heavenly Anthem#518 Heavenly Anthem Ps 19 (verbatim prose)
The heavens declare the glory of God; The firmament showeth His handiwork,
Psalm 019 468Bristol#468 Bristol Ps 19 (Joseph Addison, 1712)
The spacious firmament on high, With all the blue, ethereal sky,
Psalm 023 437bSidney#437 Sidney Ps 23 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
My Shepherd will supply my need, Jehovah is His name,
Psalm 023 490My Shepherd Guides#490 My Shepherd Guides Ps 23 (Era Tidwell Godsey, 1959)
The Lord my precious Shepherd is, He guides me day by day,
Psalm 023 524The 23rd PsalmPaine Denson (1950); Ps 23 (verbatim prose)
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 023 558Living StreamsT. B. McGraw (1959); Ps 23 (Robertson's Psalter, 1872)
My Shepherd is the Lord most high, And all my wants He will supply,
Psalm 023 402ProtectionC. F. Letson (1869); Ps 23 (Joseph Addison, 1712)
The Lord my pasture shall prepare, And feed me with a shepherd's care;
Psalm 027 091AssuranceWilliam Billings (1781); Ps 27 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Now shall my soul be lifted high, Above my foes around
Psalm 029,
Psalm 096
234Reverential AnthemE. J. King (1844); Ps 29:2, Ps 96:11-16 (verbatim prose)
Give unto the Lord The glory due unto His name;
Psalm 033 530A Glad New SongT. B. McGraw (1959); Ps 33:3 "Sing unto Him a new song..."
(Jonathan B. Atchinson, 1891)
I've learned to sing a glad, new song, Of praise unto our King!
Psalm 035 296SardiniaCastle (1794); Ps 35:14-16 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Behold the love, the gen'rous love That holy David shows!
Psalm 035 430ArbacoocheeS. M. Denson (1908); Ps 35:12-14 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Behold the love, the gen'rous love That holy David shows!
Psalm 039 86PolandTimothy Swan (1785); Ps 39 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
God of my life, look gently down, Behold the pains I feel;
Psalm 042 230Converting GraceR. E. Brown, Jr. (1859); Ps 42 (Tate & Brady New Version; 1696)
As pants the hart for cooling streams, When heated in the chase;
Psalm 045 503bLloydRaymond C. Hamrick (1980); Ps 73:25 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
My Savior and my King, Thy beauties are divine; Thy lips with blessing overflow,
Psalm 047 228MarlboroughAbraham Wood (1793); Ps 47 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Oh for a shout of sacred joy To God the sov'reign King!
Psalm 048 028tAylesburyA Book of Psalmody (1718); Ps 48 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
The God we worship now, Will guide us till we die,
Psalm 050 151SymphonyJustin Morgan (1790); Ps 50 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Behold, the Judge descends, His guards are nigh;
Psalm 051 73tCussetaJohn Massengale (1844); Ps 51 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Show pity, Lord, Oh Lord, forgive; Let a repenting rebel live:
Psalm 055 203FloridaTruman S. Wetmore (1803); Ps 55 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Let sinners take their course, And choose the road to death;
Psalm 062 26Samaria#437b Samaria Ps 62. 5-12 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
My spirit looks to God alone, My rock and refuge is His throne;
Psalm 062 107Russia#107 Russia Ps 62. 5-12 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
My spirit looks to God alone, My rock and refuge is His throne;
Psalm 062 189bMontgomery#189b Montgomery, Ps 62. 5-12 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
My spirit looks to God alone, My rock and refuge is His throne;
Psalm 065 344Rainbow #344 Rainbow Ps 65
'Tis by Thy strength the mountains stand, God of eternal pow'r!
Psalm 068 269Bear CreekWilliam Billings (1778); Ps 68: 17-18 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Lord when Thou didst ascend on high, Ten thousand angels filled the sky.
Psalm 073 183GreenwichGreenwich (Daniel Read, 1785); Ps 73 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Lord, what a thoughtless wretch was I, To mourn, and murmur, and repine, To see the wicked placed on high,
Psalm 073 187 Protection (First)P. Sherman (1808); Ps 73 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
God, my supporter, and my hope, My help forever near,
Psalm 073 193HuntingtonJustin Morgan, 1790); Ps 73 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Lord, what a thoughtless wretch was I, To mourn, and murmur, and repine,
Psalm 074 49bMear#49b Mear Ps 74 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Will God forever cast us off? His wrath forever smoke Against the people of His love,
Psalm 079, 085 049bMearA Sett of Tunes (1720); Ps 85:5 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Will God forever cast us off? His wrath forever smoke
Wilt thou be angry with us forever? Wilt thou prolong thy anger to all generations?
Psalm 79 is even closer: How long, O God? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealous wrath burn like fire?
Psalm 084 217BallstownNehemiah Shumway (1809); Ps 84 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Great God, attend, while Zion sings The joy that from Thy presence springs;
Psalm 089 191VirginiaOliver Brownson (1782); Ps 89:3 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Thy words the raging winds control, And rule the boist'rous deep.
Psalm 089 547GranvilleJudy Hauff (1986); Ps 89:7 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Remember, Lord, our mortal state; How frail our lives! how short the date!
Psalm 090 142StratfieldEzra Goff (1786); Ps 90 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Through ev'ry age eternal God, Thou art our rest, our safe abode;
Psalm 090 336Eternal HomeS. M. Denson (1911); Ps 90 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Our God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come;
Psalm 090 431New BethanyB. F. White, Jr. (1869); Ps 90:2 (Harriet Auber, 1829)
Ere mountains reared their forms sublime, Or heav'n and earth in order stood;
Psalm 090 543Thou Art GodRuth Denson Edwards (1959); Ps 90 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her frame,
Psalm 090 50tMortalityDaniel Read (1785); Ps 90:5 (Isaac Watts 1719).
Death, like an overflowing stream, Sweeps us away; our life's a dream,
Psalm 090 181ExitP. Sherman (1808); Ps 90:5 (Isaac Watts 1719).
Death, like an overflowing stream, Sweeps us away; our life's a dream,
Psalm 092 048tDevotionAlexander Johnson (1818); Ps 92 (Isaac Watts 1719)
Sweet is the day of sacred rest; No mortal cares shall seize my breast.
Psalm 092 435bSacred RestW. D. Jones (1869); Ps 92 (Isaac Watts 1719)
Sweet is the day of sacred rest; No mortal cares shall seize my breast.
Psalm 092 556bPortlandAbraham Maxim (1802); Ps 92 (Isaac Watts 1719)
Sweet is the day of sacred rest; No mortal cares shall seize my breast.
Psalm 093 120ChambersB. F. White (1869); Ps 93 (Isaac Watts 1719)
The Lord Jehovah reigns, And royal state maintains:
Psalm 093 031tNinety-Third PsalmLucius Chapin (1812: melody is for 93rd Psalm, but used for a text by Philip Doddridge)
Grace! 'Tis a charming sound, Harmonious to the ear;
Psalm 095 034bSt. ThomasAaron Williams (1770); Ps 95 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Come, sound His praise abroad, And hymns of glory sing;
Psalm 095 169DartmouthStephen Jenks (1803); Ps 95 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Come, sound His praise abroad, And hymns of glory sing;
Psalm 095 311Silver StreetIsaac Smith (1780); Ps 95 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Come, sound His praise abroad, And hymns of glory sing;
with revival chorus: Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah
Psalm 096 234Reverential AnthemE. J. King (1844); Ps 96:8, 9, 11-13 (verbatim prose)
Give unto the Lord The glory due unto His name;/td>
Psalm 100 049tOld HundredPsaumes de David (1551); Ps 100 (Tate & Brady New Version 1696)
Oh come, loud anthems let us sing, Loud thanks to our Almighty King.
PDF file of all 4 stanzas for curious Sacred Harp singers.

The difference between a tempered piano and biological voices, simply explained using Old Hundredth (PDF file).

Psalm 103 036tAmericaTruman S. Wetmore (1798); Ps 103 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
My soul repeat His praise, Whose mercies are so great,
Psalm 104 426bJasperT. J. Denson (1907); Ps 104:33 (Ottiwell Heginbothom, 1794)
Great God, let all Thy tuneful pow'r Away and sing Thy praise,
Psalm 107 211WhitestownHowd (1800); Ps 107 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Where nothing dwelt but beasts of prey, Or men as fierce and wild as they,
Psalm 107 222OceanRudiments of Music (1787); Ps 107 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
The works of glory, mighty Lord, That rul'st the boist'rous sea;
Psalm 112 486BeneficenceWilliam Billings (1786); Ps 112 (Tate & Brady New Version, 1696, 1698)
That man is blessed who stands in awe
Psalm 116 298ProvidenceC. Curtis (1820); Ps 116 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
What shall I render to my God For all His kindness shown?
Psalm 117 192 SchenectadyNehemiah Shumway (1805); Ps 117 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
From all that dwell below the skies, Let the Creator's praise arise;
Psalm 117 276BridgewaterLewis Edson (1782); Ps 117 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
From all that dwell below the skies, Let the Creator's praise arise;
Psalm 117 377Eternal PraiseO. A. Parris (1935); Ps 117 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
From all that dwell below the skies, Let the Creator's praise arise;
Psalm 118 078StaffordDaniel Read (1782); Ps 118 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
See what a living stone The builders did refuse,
Psalm 119 517Mars HillHugh W. McGraw (1959); Ps 119:9 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
How shall the young secure their hearts And guard their lives from sin?
Psalm 121 216DelightSimeon Coan (1798); Ps 121 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
No burning heats by day, Nor blasts of evening air,
Psalm 122 150AmityDaniel Read (1785); Ps 122 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
How pleased and blest was I, To hear the people cry, "Come let us seek our God today;"
Psalm 125 474Mount DesertBruce Randall (1985); Ps 125 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Unshaken as the sacred hill, And firm as mountains be,
Psalm 126 297ConversionSupply Belcher (1794); Ps 126 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
When God revealed His gracious name, And changed my mournful state; My rapture seemed a pleasing dream,
Psalm 133 212SharonElisha West (1793); Ps 133 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
How pleasant 'tis to see Kindred and friends agree,
Psalm 137 126Babel's Streams#126 Babel's Streams Ps 137
By Babel's streams we sat and wept, While Zion we thought on;
Psalm 137 504Wood Street#504 Wood Street Ps 137 (Tate & Brady, 1696)
When we our wearied limbs to rest Sat down by proud Euphrates' stream
Psalm 139 315Immensity#315 Immensity Ps 139 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Within Thy circling pow'r I stand; On ev'ry side I find Thy hand;
Psalm 139 472AkinP. Dan Brittain (1971); Ps 139 (Watts, 1719)
Within Thy circling pow'r I stand; On ev'ry side I find Thy hand;
Psalm 144 225tReynoldsHugh McGraw (1985); Ps 144 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Forever blessed be the Lord, My Savior and my shield;
Psalm 145 353McGrawP. Dan Brittain (1971) Ps 145 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
My God, my King, Thy various praise Shall fill the remnant of my days;
Psalm 147 038tWinterPs 147:16 16 He giveth snow like wool; He scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes.
His hoary frost, His fleecy snow, Descend and clothe the ground; (Watts, 1719)
Psalm 147 200Edom#200 Edom Ps 147 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
With songs and honors sounding loud, Address the Lord on high,
Psalm 147 301Greenland#301 Greenland Ps 147 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
With songs and honors sounding loud, Address the Lord on high,
Psalm 147 304Morgan#304 Morgan Ps 147 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
With songs and honors sounding loud, Address the Lord on high,
Psalm 147 528Showers of Blessings#528 Showers of Blessings Ps 147 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
With songs and honors sounding loud, Address the Lord on high,
Psalm 148 182Newburgh#182 Newburgh Ps 148 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Let ev'ry creature join To praise th'eternal God;
Psalm 148 538Hampton#538 Hampton Ps 148 (Isaac Watts, 1719)
Ye flow'ry plains, proclaim His skill; Valleys lie low before His eye;
Psalm 148 172HarmonyAbner Ellis (1805) Ps 148 (John Ogilvie, 1762)
Wake, all ye soaring throngs, and sing, Ye cheerful warblers of the spring,


Sacred Harp Singing in Culver City
Other singings in Los Angeles area
More information on Shape Note Singing in general
Contact: David Olson (310) 410-9033 for more details.