Hymnary Friends,

Please pardon this brief interruption, and please consider a gift today to support the work of Hymnary.org. Here's why.

Each month half a million people visit this website for free access to the most complete database of North American hymnody on the planet. But this project does not come without a cost, and we have limited sources of revenue. Twice a year we hold a fund drive, and these drives are critical to our future.

So if you benefit from Hymnary.org, would you consider a donation today? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do.

Click the Donate button below to be taken to a secure giving site. Or you can make your tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to Hymnary.org at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

On behalf of the entire Hymnary.org team, our thanks.
Harry Plantinga

O God of my salvation, hear, My nightly groans, my daily prayer

O God of my salvation, hear, My nightly groans, my daily prayer

Author: Joel Barlow
Published in 21 hymnals

Representative Text

1 O God of my salvation, hear
My nightly groan, my daily prayer,
That still employ my wasting breath;
My soul, declining to the grave,
Implores thy sovereign power to save
From dark despair and lasting death.

2 Thy wrath lies heavy on my soul,
And waves of sorrows o'er me roll,
While dust and silence spread the gloom;
My friends, belov'd in happier days,
The dear companions of my ways,
Descend around me to the tomb.

3 As, lost in lonely grief, I tread
The mournful mansions of the dead,
Or to some throng'd assembly go;
Through all alike I rove alone,
While, here forgot and there unknown,
The change renews my piercing woe.

4 And why will God neglect my call?
Or who shall profit by my fall,
When life departs and love expires!
Can dust and darkness praise the Lord?
Or wake, or brighten at his word,
And tune the harp with heavenly quires?

5 Yet through each melancholy day,
I've pray'd to thee, and still will pray,
Imploring still thy kind return —
But oh! my friends, my comforts, fled,
And all my kindred of the dead
Recal my wandering thoughts to mourn.

Source: Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David: to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian church in general (4th ed.) #150

Author: Joel Barlow

Barlow, Joel, born at Reading, Connecticut, 1755 [sic], graduated at Yale 1778, and died near Cracow, Poland, 1812, He was well known as an author and politician during and after the American Revolution. His publications include Hasty Pudding; Columbia, &c. In 1785, at the request of the (Congregational) General Association of Connecticut, he corrected and enlarged Dr. Watts's Psalms, supplying those omitted by Watts, and adapting the whole to American thought and circumstances. This work, published in 1786, went through various editions, and, although officially superseded by Dwight in 1800, it continued to be issued for many years after. Its title is somewhat curious as setting forth its design. It reads:— Psalms carefully suited to the… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O God of my salvation, hear, My nightly groans, my daily prayer
Author: Joel Barlow
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 21 of 21)
TextPage Scan

Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #159b

TextPage Scan

Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #150

TextPage Scan

Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #LXXXVIII

A Collection of Hymns Adapted to the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d417

Page Scan

Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #P88.1

Psalms of David, a New Edition #d11

Sacred poetry #d350

Sacred Poetry #d348

Page Scan

Sacred Poetry #LXXXVIIIb

Page Scan

The Christian Harmonist #221

The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d168

Zion's Hill #d45

Page Scan

The Columbian Repository #194

Page Scan

The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies #441

Page Scan

The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies #441

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us



Advertisements