O God of my salvation, hear, My nightly groans, my daily prayer

O God of my salvation, hear, My nightly groans, my daily prayer

Author: Joel Barlow
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1 O Gof of my salvation, hear
My nightly groan, my daily prayer,
That still employ my wasting breath;
My soul, declining to the grave,
Implores thy sovereign power to save
From dark despair and lasting death.

2 Thy wrath lies heavy on my soul,
And waves of sorrows o'er me roll,
While dust and silence spread the gloom:
My friends, belov'd in happier days,
The dear companions of my ways,
Descend around me to the tomb.

3 As, lost in lonely grief, I tread
The mournful mansions of the dead,
Or to some throng'd assembly go;
Through all alike I rove alone,
While, here forgot and there unknown,
The change renews my piercing woe.

4 And why will God neglect my call?
Or who shall profit by my fall,
When life departs and love expires?
Can dust and darkness praise the Lord?
Or wake, or brighten at his word,
And tune the harp with heavenly quires?

5 Yet through each melancholy day,
I've pray'd to thee, and still will pray,
Imploring still thy kind return —
But oh! my friends, my comforts, fled,
And all my kindred of the dead
Recal my wandering thoughts to mourn.

Source: Doctor Watts' Imitation of the Psalms of David, Corrected and Enlarged (3rd. ed.) #159b

Author: Joel Barlow

Barlow, Joel, born at Reading, Connecticut, 1755 [sic], graduated at Yale 1778, and died near Cracow, Poland, 1812, He was well known as an author and politician during and after the American Revolution. His publications include Hasty Pudding; Columbia, &c. In 1785, at the request of the (Congregational) General Association of Connecticut, he corrected and enlarged Dr. Watts's Psalms, supplying those omitted by Watts, and adapting the whole to American thought and circumstances. This work, published in 1786, went through various editions, and, although officially superseded by Dwight in 1800, it continued to be issued for many years after. Its title is somewhat curious as setting forth its design. It reads:— Psalms carefully suited to the… Go to person page >

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First Line: O God of my salvation, hear, My nightly groans, my daily prayer
Author: Joel Barlow
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Collection of Hymns Adapted to the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d417
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, Embracing all the Varieties of Subjects #P88Page Scan
Congregational Hymn and Tune Book; containing the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut, adapted to Suitable Tunes #910Page Scan
Doctor Watts' Imitation of the Psalms of David, Corrected and Enlarged (3rd. ed.) #159bTextPage Scan
Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David, corrected and enlarged, to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian Church in general (2nd ed.) #159bTextPage Scan
Doctor Watts's imitation of the Psalms of David, to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian Church in general (3rd ed.) #150TextPage Scan
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Psalms and Hymns, for the Use of the German Reformed Church, in the United States of America. (2nd ed.) #P88Page Scan
Psalms Carefully Suited to the Christian Worship in the United States of America: being an improvement of the old version of the Psalms of David #88Page Scan
Psalms of David, a New Edition #d11
Sacred poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns adapted to Christian devotion in publick & private. New ed. #d350
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Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, adapted to Christian devotion, in public and private, selected from the best authors, with variations and additions #LXXXVIIIbPage Scan
The Christian Harmonist: containing a set of tunes adapted to all the metres in Mr. Rippon's Selection of Hymns, in the collection of hymns by Mr. Joshua Smith, and in Dr. Watt's Psalms and Hymns... #221Page Scan
The Columbian Repository: or, Sacred Harmony: selected from European and American authors with many new tunes not before published #194Page Scan
The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies: compiled from approved authors, with variations and additions (9th ed.) #441Page Scan
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The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d168
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