PSALM 31:9-16
METER:  76 76 D
This is the meter of the hymn "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded," and should be sung to a tune similar in mood to that hymn.

1.  O Lord, have mer-cy on me,
    For I am in dis-tress;
    From grief my eye is wast-ed;
    My soul and bod-y, too.
    My life is spent with sor-row,
    My years are spent with sighs;
    My strength fails, I am sin-ful,
    My bones all waste a-way.
2.  My foes find me dis-grace-ful,
    My neigh-bors wag their heads,
    Ac-quaint-anc-es all dread me,
    Those in the street take flight.
    Like dead ones I'm for-got-ten,
    I'm like a bro-ken pot.
    I heard much e-vil gos-sip,
    "Ter-ror on ev-ery side!"
3.  They coun-seled long a-gainst me
    And planned to take my life.
    Lord, I have trust-ed in you;
    I cry, "You are my God."
    My times are in your hands, Lord;
    Save me from all my foes.
    Show fa-vor to your ser-vant,
    And save me by your grace.

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

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