Lord, Hear My Prayer

Lord, Hear My Prayer

Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry

Have ready access unto Thee;

When in distress to Thee I fly,

O hide not Thou Thy face from me.

Attend, O Lord, to my desire,

O haste to answer when I pray;

For grief consumes my strength like fire,

My days as smoke pass swift away.

My heart is withered like the grass,

And I forget my daily bread;

In lonely grief my days I pass

And sad my thoughts upon my bed.

My foes reproach me all the day,

My drink is tears, my bread is grief,

For in Thy wrath I pine away,

My days are like a fading leaf.

But Thou, Jehovah, shalt endure,

Thy throne forever is the same;

And to all generations sure

Shall be Thy great memorial name.

The time for Zion’s help is near,

The time appointed in Thy love;

O let Thy gracious aid appear,

Look Thou in mercy from above.

O Lord, regard the prayer of those

Who love the walls of Zion well,

Whose hearts are heavy for her woes,

Who sad amid her ruins dwell.

Thy power and glory shall appear,

And Zion’s walls shall be restored;

Then all the kings of earth shall fear

And heathen nations serve the Lord.

The Lord, exalted on His throne,

Looked down from Heav’n with pitying eye

To still the lowly captive’s moan

And save His people doomed to die.

All men in Zion shall declare

His gracious name with one accord,

When kings and nations gather there

To serve and worship God the Lord.

– Johann Michael Haydn (1737–1806)

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