Scripture Verse

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


Elizabeth E. Marcy (1821–1911)

Words: Eli­za­beth E. Mar­cy, 1877. First ap­peared in the Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Hym­nal, 1878.

Music: Na­omi Hans G. Nä­ge­li (1773–1836). Ar­ranged by Lo­well Ma­son, 1836 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lowell Mason (1792–1872)


Out of the depths to Thee I cry,
Whose faint­ing foot­steps trod
The paths of our hu­ma­ni­ty,
Incarnate Son of God!

Thou man of grief, who once apart
Didst all our sor­rows bear,
The trem­bling hand, the faint­ing heart
The ago­ny, and pray­er!

Is this the con­se­crat­ed dow­er,
Thy chos­en ones ob­tain,
To know Thy re­sur­rect­ion pow­er
Through fel­low­ship of pain?

Then, O my soul, in si­lence wait;
Faint not, O fal­ter­ing feet;
Press on­ward to that blest es­tate,
In right­eous­ness com­plete.

Let faith tran­scend the pass­ing hour,
The tran­si­ent pain and strife,
Upraised by an im­mor­tal pow­er,
The pow­er of end­less life.