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But Lord before thy searching eyes all

But, Lord, before thy searching eyes
all my desires appear;
And sure my groans have been too loud
not to have reached thine ear.

My heart's oppressed, my strength's decayed,
my eyes deprived of light;
Friends, lovers, kinsmen, gaze aloof
on such a dismal sight.

Meanwhile the foes that seek my life,
their snares to take me set,
Vent slanders, and contrive all day
to forge some new deceit.

But I, as if both deaf and dumb,
nor heard, nor once reply d;
Quite deaf and dumb, like one whose tongue
with conscious guilt is tied.

For, Lord, to thee I do appeal,
my innocence to clear;
assured that thou, the righteous God,
my injured cause wilt hear.

"Hear me" said I "lest my proud foes
a spiteful joy display,
insulting if they see my foot
but once to go astray."

And, with continual grief oppressed,
to sink I now begin
To thee, O Lord, I will confess,
to thee bewail my sin.

But whilst I languish, my proud foes
their strength and vigor boast;
And they that hate me without cause
are grown a dreadful host.

E'en they, whom I obliged, return
my kindness with despite;
And are my enemies, because
I choose the path that's right.

Forsake me not, O Lord my God,
nor far from me depart;
Make haste to my relief, O thou,
who my salvation art.

marker 99
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1696
      Bible Refs: Ps 38:9-22;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1821# 38
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