Scripture Verse

Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord. Psalm 130:1


Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719.

Music: Dub­lin (Bar­ton) from Psalms, by Will­iam Bar­ton (1603–1678) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bar­ton (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Out of the deeps of long distress,
The borders of despair,
I sent my cries to seek Thy grace,
My groans to move Thine ear.

Great God, should Thy severer eye,
And Thine impartial hand,
Mark and revenge iniquity,
No mortal flesh could stand.

But there are pardons with my God
For crimes of high degree;
Thy Son has bought them with His blood,
To draw us near to Thee.

I wait for Thy sal­va­tion, Lord,
With strong desires I wait;
My soul, invited by Thy Word,
Stands watching at Thy gate.

Just as the guards that keep the night
Long for the morning skies,
Watch the first beams of breaking light,
And meet them with their eyes;

So waits my soul to see Thy grace,
And, more intent than they,
Meets the first openings of Thy face,
And finds a brighter day.

Then in the Lord let Israel trust,
Let Israel seek His face;
The Lord is good as well as just,
And plenteous is His grace.

There’s full re­demp­tion at His throne
For sinners long enslaved;
The great Re­deem­er is His Son,
And Israel shall be saved.