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O God give ear and speedily hear me when

O God, give ear, and speedily
hear me when I do pray;
And when to thee I call and cry,
hide not thyself away.

Take heed to me, grant my request,
and answer me again;
With grief I pray, full sore oppressed,
sorrow doth me constrain:

Because my foes with threats and cries
oppress me through despite,
And so the wicked sort likewise
to vex me take delight.

For they in council do conspire
to charge me with some ill,
And in their hasty wrath and ire
they do pursue me still.

My heart doth faint for want of breath,
it panteth in my breast;
With terror and the dread of death
my soul is much oppressed:

Such dreadful fear on me doth fall,
that I therewith do quake;
Such horror overwhelmeth me,
that I no shift can make.

Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
then would I swiftly flee
Away from hence unto a place
where I at rest should be:

Lo, then I would go far away,
to fly 1 would not cease,
And I would hide myself, and stay
in some great wilderness.

I would be gone with speed and haste,
and not abide behind,
Till I had safely overpassed
these blasts of boist'rous wind.

Divide them, Lord, and from them pull
their false and double tongue;
For I have spied their city full
of rapine, strife, and wrong.

Both day and night they go about
within the city wall;
In midst of her is mischief wrought,
and sorrows great withal:

Her inward parts are wicked plain,
her deeds they are most vile,
And in her streets there doth remain
nothing but fraud and guile,

marker 99
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1562,1812
      Bible Refs: Ps 55:1-12;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1812# 55
      Name: ABRIDGE
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        Dates: 1770
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