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How long wilt thou forget me? O Lord, for evermore?

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1 How long wilt thou forget me?
O Lord, for evermore?
For ever wilt thou let me
thine absent face deplore?
How long in fruitless wailing
shall I consume the day?
And thus how long prevailing
my vaunting foe bear sway?

2 O, do not thou forsake me!
Enlighten thou my gloom;
lest fatal sleep o'ertake me,
the death-sleep of the tomb;
lest then my foe insulting
should boast of his success,
and impious men exulting
triumph in my distress.

3 Lord, in my tribulation
I trust thy mercy still,
and surely thy salvation
my heart with joy shall fill.
Thine aid thou didst afford me,
thy praises I will sing;
and for his mercies toward me
will bless my God and king.

Source: The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #P13b

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First Line: How long wilt thou forget me? O Lord, for evermore?
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Composed by Samuel S. Wesley (PHH 206), AURELIA (meaning "golden") was published as a setting for “Jerusalem the Golden” in Selection of Psalms and Hymns, which was compiled by Charles Kemble and Wesley in 1864. Though opinions vary concerning the tune's merits (Henry J. Gauntlett once condemned…

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The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #P13b

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