If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god, shall not God search this out? For He knoweth the secrets of the heart.@Psalm 44:20-21
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John B. Herbert (1852-1927)

From The Psalter (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1912), number 123.

Magnus John B. Herbert, 1901 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If we have forgotten the name of our God,
Or unto an idol our hands spread abroad,
Shall not the Almighty uncover this sin?
He knows all our hearts and the secrets within.

Refrain

Rise, help, and redeem us,
Thy mercy we trust;
Rise, help, and redeem us,
Thy mercy we trust.

We all the day long for Thy sake are consumed,
Defeated and helpless, to death we are doomed;
Then why dost Thou tarry? Jehovah, awake;
Nor spurn us forever; arise for our sake.

Refrain

O why art Thou hiding the light of Thy face,
Forgetting our burden of grief and disgrace?
Our soul is bowed down, yea, we cleave to the dust;
Rise, help and redeem us, Thy mercy we trust.

Refrain