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To thee, O Lord, my cries ascend, O hasten thou to my relief (Hopkinson)

To thee, O Lord, my cries ascend, O hasten thou to my relief (Hopkinson)

Adapter: Francis Hopkinson
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1 To thee, O LORD, my Cries ascend;
Oh, hasten thou to my Relief,
And with accustom'd Pity hear
The mournful Accents of my Grief;
And when I lift my Voice to thee,
Do thou vouchsafe to comfort me.

2 Instead of Off'rings, let my Pray'r
To Heav'n, like Morning-Incense rise;
And let my lifted Hands supply
The Place of Ev'ning Sacrifice.
Let Prudence be my constant Guard,
My Lips with wary Silence barr'd.

3 From wicked Men's Designs and Deeds,
Do thou my Heart and Hands restrain;
Nor let me in the Booty share
Of their most base unrighteous Gain;
Lest I, like them, should go astray,
And leave thy pure and perfect Way.

4 Let upright Men reprove my Faults,
And I shall still believe them kind;
Like Balm that heals a wounded Head,
Their Admonitions I shall find;
When they're reduc'd to like Distress,
My Pray'r for them I will address.

5 When skulking in Engedi's Rock,
I to their haughty Chiefs appeal;
If one reproachful Word I spoke,
Although I had Pow'r to kill;
And yet our scatter'd Ruins lie,
Like Chips that from the Axes fly.

6 But gracious LORD, to thee I will
Direct my supplicating Eyes;
O! leave not destitute my Soul,
Whose Trust on thee alone relies.
Let them in Snares entrapped be,
Which their own Hands design'd for me.

Source: The Psalms of David: with the Ten Commandments, Creed, Lord's Prayer, &c. in metre...for the use of the Reformed Protestant Dutch church of the city of New York #CXLI

Adapter: Francis Hopkinson

Francis Hopkinson; grad. College of Philadelphia with master’s degree; studied law and passed Pa. bar; opened conveyancer’s office in Philadelphia; musical and literary talent; prolific writer who frequently used pen name, A. B. LOC Name Authority Files Go to person page >

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First Line: To thee, O Lord, my cries ascend, O hasten thou to my relief (Hopkinson)
Adapter: Francis Hopkinson
Source: Tate and Brady's New Version, "To thee, O Lord, my cries ascend"
Language: English
Publication Date: 1767
Copyright: Public Domain



Martin Luther's versification of the Lord's Prayer was set to this tune in Valentin Schumann's hymnal, Geistliche Lieder (1539); the tune, whose composer remains unknown, had some earlier use. The tune name derives from Luther's German incipit: “Vater unser im Himmelreich….” Because VATER UNSE…

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The Psalms of David #CXLI

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