1. Jehovah to my prayer attend;
Before thee let my cry ascend.
2. Hide not thy face from me, while I,
Daily oppressed, in trouble lie:
Incline thine ear to me, with speed,
And answer give, in time of need.
3. My days, like smoke, consume away;
Like the burnt hearth my bones decay.
4 My heart, like grass, that's smit with heat,
Withers; that I forget to eat.
5. By reason of my constant groans,
I am reduced to skin, and bones.
6. I'm like the pelican, and owl,
That lonely, in the deserts, stroll.
7. As mournful sparrow, perched alone
On the house top, I watch, and moan.
8 My foes, me daily, treat with scorn;
Against me madly they have sworn.
9. I've eaten ashes with my bread;
And mixed my drink with tears I shed,
10. For thou hast thy hot anger shown,
In Wrath thou dost upon me frown;
Thou first didst lift me up on high,
Then down most low hast made me lie.
11. My days decline, like the evening shade;
Like withered grass, my strength's decayed.
12. But thou, Lord, ever shalt endure;
Thy memory through all ages sure.
13. Rise, Lord, for Sion's help appear;
The appointed time of favor's near.
14. Thy servants in her stones delight;
Her dust is precious in their sight.
15. The gentiles, Lord, thy name shall fear;
Earth's kings thy glory shall revere.
16. When God shall Sion's state repair,
He'll shine most bright in glory there.
17. The poor's request he'll then regard,
And their petition shall be heard.
18. To future ages this record;
That the unborn race may praise the Lord.
19. For he looked down, from his thone on high;
The Lord from heaven and earth did spy;
20. To hear the prisoners groans; and give
Leave to the poor condemned to live:
21. In Sion, to declare his name,
His praise through Salem to proclaim;
22. When Israel there, with one accord,
And kingdoms meet, to serve the Lord.
23. My strength he weakened in the way;
And of my life cut short the day.
24. I said, my God, let not my sun
In darkness, set, while yet 'tis noon;
Thy years, no run of time can waste,
Which through all endless ages last.
25. Thou first the earth's foundations laid;
The heavens are works thine hands have made.
26. They perish shall, but thou shalt last;
They all, like robes, decay, and waste;
Thou as a vest shalt change them all;
And, at thy word, be changed they shall.
27. But thou the same dost still remain;
No bounds thy endless years restrain.
28. Thy servants race shall yet reside;
Their seed, before thee, fixed abide.
A New Version of the Psalms of David, 1752