134. Out of the Depths

1 Out of the depths to thee I raise
the voice of lamentation;
Lord, turn a gracious ear to me,
and hear my supplication;
if thou shouldst be extreme to mark
each secret sin and misdeed dark,
O who could stand before Thee?

2 To wash away the crimson stain
grace, grace alone prevaileth;
our works, alas! are all in vain;
in much the best life faileth:
for none can glory in thy sight,
all must alike confess thy might
and live alone by mercy.

3 Therefore my trust is in the Lord,
and not in mine own merit;
on him my soul shall rest: his word
upholds my fainting spirit;
him promised mercy is my fort,
my comfort, and my strong support;
I wait for it with patience.

4 What though I wait the live-long night,
and till the dawn appeareth,
my heart still trusteth in his might;
it doubteth not nor feareth:
so let the Israelite in heart,
born of the Spirit, do his part,
and wait till God appeareth.

Text Information
First Line: Out of the depths to thee I raise
Title: Out of the Depths
Author: Martin Luther
Translator (mostly): R. Massie (1854)
Publication Date: 1985
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: Night Watches
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer (melody): Martin Luther (1524)
Incipit: 51565 4345
Key: e minor

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