1 Lord God, my Saviour, day and night
before thee cried have I.
2 Before thee let my prayer come;
give ear unto my cry.
3 For troubles great do fill my soul;
my life draws night the grave.
4 I'm counted with those that go down
to death, and no strength have.
5 Free midst the dead, like to the slain
that in the grave do lie;
cut off from thy hand, whom no more
thou hast in memory.
6 Thou hast me laid in lowest pit,
in deeps and darksome caves;
7 thy wrath lies hard on me, thou hast
me pressed with all they waves.
8 Thou hast put far from me my friends,
made me their scorn to know;
and I am so shut up that I
no longer forth can go.
9 By reason of my deep distress,
mine eye doth waste away;
to thee, Lord, I call, and stretch
my hands out every day.
10 Wilt thou show wonders to the dead?
shall they rise and thee bless?
11 Shall in the grave thy love be told?
in death thy faithfulness?
12 Shall thy great wonders in the dark,
or shall thy righteousness
be known to any in the land
of deep forgetfulness?
13 But, Lord, to thee I cried; my prayer
at morn shall come to thee.
14 Why, Lord, dost thou cast off my soul,
and hide thy face from me?
15 Distressed am I, and from my youth
I ready am to die,
thy terrors I have borne, and am
16 By thy fierce wrath I'm overwhelmed,
cut off by dread of thee;
17 like floods thy terrors round me close,
all day they compass me.
18 My friends thou hast put far from me,
and him that did me love;
and those that mine acquaintance were
to darkness didst remove.
Traditionally used for Montgomery's text and for Peter Abelard's "Alone Thou Goest Forth, O Lord," BANGOR comes from William Tans'ur's A Compleat Melody: or the Harmony of Syon (the preface of which is dated 1734). In that collection the tune was a three-part setting for Psalm 12 (and for Psalm 11 i…