1. How long wilt thou forget me, Lord?
Forever shall thy promise fail:
How long before thy Face afford
One beam of light, through this dark veil?
2. How long shall I in soul consult.
And daily sorrows wound my heart?
How long shall my proud foes insult.
And o'er me act the tyrant's part?
3. Consider, Lord, my piteous case,
Hear, O my God, the cries I make;
Mine eyes, enlighten with thy grace,
Lest death's deep sleep me overtake.
4. Lest my proud foe, with boasting voice,
Should say, against him I've prevailed;
And those that trouble me rejoice.
To see my steadfast hopes have failed.
5. But underneath thy saving wings,
My trust is ever firmly stayed;
Therefore my heart with gladness springs.
In prospect of thy promised aid.
6. With grateful heart, my songs of praise,
I'll humbly to the Lord address;
For he, according to his grace,
Dealt well with me in my distress.
John Barnard, born in Boston, Nov. 6, 1681; in 1752 made a version of psalms with the music; settled at Marblehead; introduced new music ther; died Jan 14, 1770, aged 89.
A Dictionary of Musical Information by John W. Moore, Boston: Oliver, Ditson & Company, 1876
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