Psalm 27 is written in iambic meter and lines 1 and 3 have 8 syllables each (called tetrameter), while lines 2 and 4 have 6 syllables (trimeter).
My light and my salvation, Lord,
You ever are to me,
The stronghold of my life, now whom
Am I to fear or flee?
Though evil men assail me,
Upon my flesh to prey,
Or enemies come forth they shall
But stumble in the way.
Yea, though an army rise to fight
With ruinous intent,
Or war break out against me still,
Will I be confident.
For but a single thing I ask
Of him who is my stay,
And that most earnestly I seek
Throughout each night and day,
’Tis this, that I may dwell within
His house while life shall last,
To seek and gaze upon his face
In beauty unsurpassed.
For days of trouble lie in wait,
But safely will he keep
And hide me sheltered, safe within
His tabernacle deep.
And then upon a lofty rock,
My head exalted high,
Above my enemies around,
With shouts of joy shall I
Pure sacrifice present to him
And praises shall be heard,
While at his tabernacle flows
To music every word.
Now hear my voice and answer, Lord,
Be merciful to me.
Let not your ear my call disdain
Or closed or hardened be.
For to my heart you oft have said,
“Seek naught but all my face,”
Your face, O Lord, e’er shall I seek,
Its beauty to embrace.
Hide not your face, then, Lord from me,
Nor from your servant turn.
In anger for my countless faults
Let not your rancor burn.
My helper have you been till now,
O God, reject me not.
My Savior, think not to forsake
The work your hands have wrought.
Though father and my mother would
Their offspring disavow,
The Lord will yet receive me and
More charity allow.
Now teach me in your way, O Lord,
And in your path sustain,
For many are my enemies
Who o’er my life would reign.
And what they wish to do forbid,
’Tis violence they breathe,
And rising up they speak, but with
False testimony seethe.
Though trials increase, I’m confident
That I shall ever see
The goodness of the Lord fulfilled
Throughout the land to me.
Now wait, I say, before the Lord,
Be strong in will and heart,
And steady set your gaze on him
Who never fails his part.