PSALM 79:1-9
METER:  76 76 D
This is the meter for such hymns as "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded."

1.  O God, the na-tions have come
    Into your her-i-tage.
    They have de-filed your Tem-ple
    And wrecked Je-ru-sa-lem.
    They gave your serv-ants' bod-ies
    To be the food of birds,
    The flesh of all your faith-ful
    As car-rion for wild beasts.
2.  They poured their blood like wat-er
    And bur-ied not the dead.
    Our neigh-bors rid-i-cule us,
    They mock and they de-ride.
    How long will you be an-gry?
    Lord, will your wrath con-sume?
    Pour your wrath on the na-tions
    That don't call on your name.
3.  Lord, do not hold a-gainst us
    What our fore-bears have done;
    Come quick-ly with com-pas-sion,
    For we have been brought low.
    Help us, God of sal-va-tion,.
    That we may praise your name.
    De-liv-er us, for-give us,
    Be-cause of who you are.

Reprinted by permission of the publisher from Supplementary Volume to Sing the Psalms by Dale A. Schoening.  Copryight 1992 Dale A. Schoening.

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