PSALM 22:1-15
METER:  76 76 D
This is the meter for the hymn "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded"

1.  My God, why have you left me?
    Why do my cries not help?
    I cry by day--no an-swer--
    And night--but get no rest.
    But you, O Lord, are ho-ly,
    En-throned on Is-rael's praise.
    In you our fore-bears trust-ed
    And you de-liv-ered them.
2.  They cried to you, you saved them;
    You did not fail their trust.
    But I'm a worm, not hu-man,
    Scorned and de-spised by all.
    All who look at me taunt me,
    They laugh and shake their heads.
    "He trust-ed God, let God save,
    For he de-lights in him."
3.  Yet from the womb you brought me,
    A babe, you kept me safe.
    From birth I've trust-ed in you;
    You've al-ways been my God.
    O do not go far from me;
    In trou-ble I'm a-lone.
    My foes sur-round like wild bulls,
    Like hun-gry li-ons roar.
4.  My strength is like spilled wa-ter,
    My bones are out of joint;
    My heart in me is melt-ed
    Like wax with-in my breast;
    My strength's dry as a pot-sherd,
    My tongue sticks in my mouth.
    In the dust I'm left ly-ing
    As if I'm good as dead.

Reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening.  Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoening.

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