- 1To God I will my voice direct,
- 2 A voice of love and fear,
- 3And it shall have the due effect
- Editor’s Note4 With his paternal ear.
- 5To Christ my Saviour I complain
- 6 Midst sores and raging smart;
- 7When tedious night increases pain,
- 8 Discomfort damps my heart.
- pg 1799When grief o'erpow'rs with its excess
- 10 My mind, and blunts her edge,
- 11My soul's vexation for redress
- 12 I will to God alledge.
- 13Mine eyes thy plagues withhold from rest,
- 14 And on my slumbers break;
- 15I am so feeble and oppress'd,
- 16 That I can scarcely speak.
- 17I have reflected on the years
- 18 With happy seasons clast,
- 19And strove to sooth my streaming tears
- 20 By thinking on the past.
- 21I call to mind my dawn and noon,
- 22 Which were the themes of song,
- 23And with my heart by night commune,
- 24 To make my spirits strong.
- 25Will God from mine incessant cries
- 26 Eternal absence keep,
- 27And will he send no more supplies
- 28 To those that pray and weep?
- 29Are all his mercies wholly gone,
- 30 That nothing can restore,
- 31And are his promises withdrawn
- 32 For ever, evermore?
- 33Has God forgotten to be kind
- 34 When mortals are diseas'd,
- 35And shall his goodness be confin'd,
- 36 Because he is displeas'd?
- Editor’s Note37My guilt precipitates my sand—
- 38 I therefore will recall
- 39The days of God's indulgent hand
- 40 To Jacob more than all:
- pg 180Editor’s Note41Thy charity to restiff souls
- 42 Thy works and arm sublime;
- 43And I will recognize the rolls
- 44 Of antiquated time.
- 45I will on that convincing force
- 46 Of all thine actions dwell,
- 47And in colloquial intercourse
- 48 Thy truth and marvels tell.
- Editor’s Note49Thy ways are very truth and light,
- 50 And thee their God declare;
- 51What pow'r in magnitude and might
- 52 Can with our God compare?
- 53Thou art the God, which self-aver'd
- 54 Such wonders couldst atchieve;
- 55And hast promulg'd thy pow'rful word,
- 56 That mortals might believe.
- 57The people whom thy might restor'd,
- 58 Thy mercy shall acquit,
- Editor’s Note59Redeeming Jacob from the sword,
- 60 And Joseph from the pit.
- 61The waters saw thee, O Most High,
- 62 The waters were afraid,
- Editor’s Note63And ocean left his bottom dry,
- 64 His inmost depths dismay'd.
- 65The clouds their copious rain distill'd,
- 66 And midst the waters hot
- 67The sounding air the thunder fill'd,
- 68 And all thy darts were shot.
- 69Thy thunder's voice was heard around,
- 70 The quickning lightnings shone,
- 71And run and flash upon the ground,
- 72 Earth's hollow caverns groan.
- pg 18173Thy way is where the waters yield,
- 74 And in the briny baths,
- 75And there thy footsteps are conceal'd,
- 76 Nor can one trace thy paths.
- 77Their way, like sheep, thy people won
- 78 Before the shepherd's rod,
- 79Their priest was Aaron, Jethro's son
- 80 Their chief, and Christ their God.
77. 4 ear: 'he gave ear' AV; 'he shall hearken' BCP.
77. 37 'My guilt hastens the sands of my life through the hourglass.' Cf. OED sand sb.2 5.
77. 41 restiff: the spelling given in Johnson's Dictionary; so spelt also at Psalms 95. 35.
77. 49 John 12: 46, 14: 6.
77. 59–60 Jacob from the sword: in Gen. 27: 40, 41 Isaac makes to Esau the prediction 'by thy sword shalt thou live', and Esau determines to kill Jacob. Joseph from the pit: where he was thrown by his brothers (Gen. 37: 20–8).
77. 63 Cf. Exod. 14: 16; Isa. 44: 27; Nahum 1: 4.