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SPOHR | Bible Passage
Adapted from LOUIS SPOHR, 1784-1859
1 AS pants the hart for water-brooks,
My soul pants, Lord, for thee;
2 For God, the living God, I thirst;
God's courts when shall I see?
3 My tears have unto me been meat
Both in the night and day,
While unto me continually,
Where is thy God? they say.
4 My soul is poured out in me,
When this I think upon;
Because that with the multitude
I heretofore had gone;
With them into God's house I went,
With voice of joy and praise;
Yea, with the multitude that kept
The solemn holy days.
5 O why art thou cast down, my soul?
Why in me so dismayed?
Trust God, for I shall praise him yet;
His countenance is mine aid.
6 My God, my soul's cast down in me;
Remember thee I will
From Jordan's land, and Hermon's heights,
Even from Mizar hill.
7 At voice of thy great water-spouts
Deep unto deep doth call;
Thy breaking waves pass over me,
Yea, and thy billows all.
8 His loving-kindness yet the Lord
Command will in the day;
His song is with me in the night;
To God, my life, I'll pray.
9 I'll say to God my rock, O why
Dost thou forget me so?
For the oppression of my foes
Why do I mourning go?
10 'Tis as a sword within my bones,
When me my foes upbraid;
Even when by them, Where is thy God?
Is daily to me said.
11 O why art thou cast down, my soul?
Why thus with grief opprest
Art thou disquieted in me?
In God still hope and rest:
For yet I know I shall him praise,
Who graciously to me
The health is of my countenance,
Yea, mine own God is he.
1 ¬∂ As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
6 ¬∂ O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?
11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.