Common Meter: 8,6,8,6
A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the Lord.
1O Lord, unto my pray'r give ear,
my cry let come to thee;
2And in the day of my distress
hide not thy face from me.
Give ear to me; what time I call,
to answer me make haste:
3For, as an hearth, my bones are burnt,
my days, like smoke, do waste.
4My heart within me smitten is,
and it is withered
Like very grass; so that I do
forget to eat my bread.
5By reason of my groaning voice
my bones cleave to my skin.
6Like pelican in wilderness
forsaken I have been:
I like an owl in desert am,
that nightly there doth moan;
7I watch, and like a sparrow am
on the house-top alone.
8My bitter en'mies all the day
reproaches cast on me;
And, being mad at me, with rage
against me sworn they be.
9For why? I ashes eaten have
like bread, in sorrows deep;
My drink I also mingled have
with tears that I did weep.
10Thy wrath and indignation
did cause this grief and pain;
For thou hast lift me up on high,
and cast me down again.
11My days are like unto a shade,
which doth declining pass;
And I am dry'd and withered,
ev'n like unto the grass.
12But thou, Lord, everlasting art,
and thy remembrance shall
and be to generations all.
13Thou shalt arise, and mercy have
upon thy Sion yet;
The time to favour her is come,
the time that thou hast set.
14For in her rubbish and her stones
thy servants pleasure take;
Yea, they the very dust thereof
do favour for her sake.
15So shall the heathen people fear
the Lord's most holy name;
And all the kings on earth shall dread
thy glory and thy fame.
16When Sion by the mighty Lord
built up again shall be,
In glory then and majesty
to men appear shall he.
17The prayer of the destitute
he surely will regard;
Their prayer will he not despise,
by him it shall be heard.
18For generations yet to come
this shall be on record:
So shall the people that shall be
created praise the Lord.
19He from his sanctuary's height
hath downward cast his eye;
And from his glorious throne in heav'n
the Lord the earth did spy;
20That of the mournful prisoner
the groanings he might hear,
To set them free that unto death
by men appointed are:
21That they in Sion may declare
the Lord's most holy name,
And publish in Jerusalem
the praises of the same;
22When as the people gather shall
in troops with one accord,
When kingdoms shall assembled be
to serve the highest Lord.
23My wonted strength and force he hath
abated in the way,
And he my days hath shortened:
24Thus therefore did I say,
My God, in mid-time of my days
take thou me not away:
From age to age eternally
thy years endure and stay.
25The firm foundation of the earth
of old time thou hast laid;
The heavens also are the work
which thine own hands have made.
26Thou shalt for evermore endure,
but they shall perish all;
Yea, ev'ry one of them wax old,
like to a garment, shall:
Thou, as a vesture, shalt them change,
and they shall changed be:
27But thou the same art,
and thy years are to eternity.
28The children of thy servants shall
And in thy sight, O Lord, their seed
shall be establish'd sure.
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