Scripture Verse

How long wilt Thou forget me, O Lord? Psalm 13:1


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 22.

Music: Far Off Lands Hem­mets Ko­ral Bok, 1921 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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How long wilt Thou for­get me,
O Lord, Thou God of grace?
How long shall fears be­set me
While dark­ness hides Thy face?
How long shall griefs dis­tress me
And turn my day to night?
How long shall foes op­press me
And tri­umph in their might?

O Lord my God, be­hold me
And hear mine ear­nest cries;
Lest sleep of death en­fold me,
Enlighten Thou mine eyes;
Lest now my foe in­sult­ing
Should boast of his suc­cess,
And ene­mies ex­ult­ing
Rejoice in my dis­tress.

But I with ex­pec­ta­tion
Have on Thy grace re­lied;
My heart in Thy sal­va­tion
Shall still with joy con­fide;
And I with voice of sing­ing
Will praise the Lord above,
Who, rich­est boun­ties bring­ing,
Has dealt with me in love.