Psalm 88

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Lord God, my Saviour, day and night
       before thee cry'd have I.
2    Before thee let my prayer come;
       give ear unto my cry.
3    For troubles great do fill my soul;
       my life draws nigh the grave.
4    I'm counted with those that go down
       to pit, and no strength have.

5    Ev'n free among the dead, like them
       that slain in grave do lie;
     Cut off from thy hand, whom no more
       thou hast in memory.
6    Thou hast me laid in lowest pit,
       in deeps and darksome caves.
7    Thy wrath lies hard on me, thou hast
       me press'd with all thy waves.

8    Thou hast put far from me my friends,
       thou mad'st them to abhor me;
     And I am so shut up, that I
       find no evasion for me.
9    By reason of affliction
       mine eye mourns dolefully:
     To thee, Lord, do I call, and stretch
       my hands continually.

10   Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead?
       shall they rise, and thee bless?
11   Shall in the grave thy love be told?
       in death thy faithfulness?
12   Shall thy great wonders in the dark,
       or shall thy righteousness
     Be known to any in the land
       of deep forgetfulness?

13   But, Lord, to thee I cry'd; my pray'r
       at morn prevent shall thee.
14   Why, Lord, dost thou cast off my soul,
       and hid'st thy face from me?
15   Distress'd am I, and from my youth
       I ready am to die;
     Thy terrors I have borne, and am
       distracted fearfully.

16   The dreadful fierceness of thy wrath
       quite over me doth go:
     Thy terrors great have cut me off,
       they did pursue me so.
17   For round about me ev'ry day,
       like water, they did roll;
     And, gathering together, they
       have compassed my soul.

18   My friends thou hast put far from me,
       and him that did me love;
     And those that mine acquaintance were
       to darkness didst remove.

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