Text:Miserere mei
Author:J. H.

30a. Miserere mei

1 Have mercy Lord on me I pray,
for man would me devoure:
He fighteth with me day by day,
and troubleth me each houre.
2 Mine enemies daily enterprise
to swallow me outright:
To fight against me many rise,
O thou most high of might.

3 When they would make me sore afraid
with boasts and brags of pride:
I trust in thee alone for aid,
by thee 1 will abide.
4 God's promise I do mind and praise,
O Lord, I stick to thee:
I do not care at all assaies
what flesh can do to me.

5 What things I either did or spake,
they wrest them at their will:
And all the counsell that they take,
is how to work me ill.
6 They all consent themselves to hide,
close watch for me to lay:
They spie my paths, and snares have tide
to take my life away.

7 Shall they thus scape on mischief set,
thou God on them wilt frown:
For in thy wrath thou dost not let
to throw whole kingdomes down.
8 Thou seest how oft they made me flee,
and on my tears dost look:
Reserve them in a glasse by thee,
and write them in thy book.

9 When I do call upon thy Name,
my foes away do start:
I well perceive it by the same,
that God doth take my part.
10 I glory in the Word of God,
to praise it I accord:
With joy I will declare abroad
the promise of the Lord.

11 I trust in God the Lord, and say,
as I before began:
The Lord he is my help and stay,
I do not care for man.
12 I will perform with heart so free
to God my vows alwaies,
And I O Lord all times to thee
will offer thanks and praise.

13 My soule from death thou dost defend
and keepst my feet upright:
That I before thee may ascend,
with such as live in light.

Text Information
First Line: Have mercy Lord on me I pray
Title: Miserere mei
Author: J. H.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1640
Notes: Sing this as Lamentation
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