1 LORD, hear my humble pray'r to Thee,
and to my cries attend;
And in thy truth and righteousness
a gracious answer send.
2 O with thy servant enter not
in judgment me to try;
For in thy sight no man alive,
himself can justify.
3 The foe pursues my soul, my life
down to the ground doth tread,
In darkness makes me dwell as those
that ages have been dead.
4 Therefore my soul is overwhelm'd
with great perplexity;
My heart, of joy and comfort is
made desolate in me.
5 I call'd to mind the days of old,
on all thy works I thought;
I meditated on the deeds
thy mighty hands have wrought.
6 And now I earnestly to Thee
reach mine out-stretched hands;
My soul for Thee with ardour longs,
like dry and thirsty lands.
7 LORD hear with speed, my spirit fails:
hide not thy face from me;
Lest I like those who in the grave
descend, should quickly be.
8 Let me thy kindness early hear;
in Thee my hope I place:
Shew me the way wherein to go;
my soul to Thee I raise.
9 JEHOVAH, from mine enemies
quickly deliver me:
To hide me safe beneath thy wings
in haste I fly to Thee.
10 Teach me to do thy will, because
Thou art my GOD indeed:
Let thy good spirit to the land
of uprightness me lead.
11 Yea for the sake of thy great name,
O LORD, revive Thou me;
And in thy right'ousness do Thou
my soul from trouble free.
12 Yea, in thy mercy Thou my foes,
wilt quite suppress; and them
Thou wilt destroy who vex my soul,
for I thy servant am.