Scripture Verse

Thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies. Psalm 44:9

Introduction

Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 122.

Music: Good Shep­herd Jo­seph Barn­by (1838–1896) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Joseph Barnby
(1838–1896)

Lyrics

Thou, Lord, hast forsaken,
To shame brought our boasts;
No more to the field
Dost Thou go with our hosts;
Thou turnest us back
From the foe in dismay,
And spoilers who hate us
Have made us their prey.

Like sheep to the slaughter
Thy people are given,
Dispersed through the nations
Afar we are driven;
Thou sellest Thy people
To strangers for naught,
Their price to Thy treasure
No increase has brought.

Thou makest our neighbors
Reproach us in pride,
And those that are near us
To scoff and deride;
A by-word the nations
Have made of our name,
With scorn and derision
They put us to shame.

Yea, all the day long
I behold my disgrace;
And covered I am
With confusion of face;
The voice of blasphemers
And scoffers I hear,
The foe and avenger
Against me appear.

All this I have suffered
And never forgot
To serve Thee, Jehovah,
Nor falsely have wrought;
Our heart is not turned,
And our steps have not strayed,
Though crushed amid ruins
And under death’s shade.