METER: CM (86 86)
SUGGESTED TUNE: ST. ANNE
This is the meter for hymns such as "O God, Our Help in Ages Past".
NOTE: If you choose not to use vv. 11-15 of the psalm, which are optional for Proper 7, Year A, omit stanzas 3-5.
1. For your sake I have borne re-proach
And shame cov-ers my face.
My sib-lings don't ac-know-ledge me,
I'm al-ien to my kin.
2. Zeal for your house has me con-sumed;
Those who scorn you, scorn me.
When I did cry and fast for you,
My foes in-sult-ed me.
3. When I put on sack-cloth and mourned,
They made of me a joke.
They talk a-bout me in the streets;
Of me the drunks sing songs.
4. But my pray'r is to you, O Lord;
In your time, an-swer me
Out of your great and con-stant love,
And of your faith-ful help.
5. Save me from sink-ing in the mud,
From foes and wat-ers deep.
Don't let the floods and depths drown me,
Don't give me up to death.
6. O Lord my God, please an-swer me;
Your stead-fast love is good.
Be-cause in mer-cy you a-bound,
Turn your face un-to me.
7. Don't hide your face; I'm in dis-tress,
Make haste to an-swer me!
Come near to me; re-deem me, Lord,
And free me from my foes.
Copyright 2002 Dale A. Schoening