My God, My God, O Why Have You Forsaken Me?

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1 My God, my God,
O why have you forsaken me?
O why are you so far from giving help
and from my groaning cry?
By day and night, my God, I call;
your answer still delays.
And yet you are the Holy One
who dwells in Israel's praise.

2 Our fathers put their trust in yu;
from you their rescue came.
They begged you and you set them free;
they were not put to shame.
But as for me, I am a worm
and not a man at all.
To men I am despised and base;
their scornings on me fall.

3 All those who look at me will laugh
and cast reproach at me.
Their mouths they open wide;
they wag their heads in mockery:
"The Lord was his reliance once;
now see what God will send.
Yes, let God rise and set him free,
this man that was his friend."

4 You took me from my mother's womb
to safety at the breast.
Since birth when I was cast on you,
in you, my God, I rest.
When I proclaim my praise of you,
then all the church will hear,
and I will pay my vows in full
where men hold him in fear.

Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #79

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First Line: My God, my God, O why have you forsaken me?
Title: My God, My God, O Why Have You Forsaken Me?
Meter: D
Source: The Book of Psalms for Singing, 1973
Language: English



Thought by some scholars to date back to the Middle Ages, KINGSFOLD is a folk tune set to a variety of texts in England and Ireland. The tune was published in <cite>English Country Songs</cite> (1893), an anthology compiled by Lucy E. Broadwood and J. A. Fuller Maitland. After having hea…

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