A Prayer of Faith

O gracious God, forsake me not

Tune: MARTYRDOM (Wilson)
Published in 4 hymnals

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1 O gracious God, forsake me not
When I am old and gray,
That unto those that follow me
I may Thy might display.

2 Thy perfect righteousness, O God,
The height of heaven exceeds;
O who is like to Thee, Who hast
Performed such mighty deeds?

3 Thou Who hast sent me many griefs
wilt yet my soul restore,
And out of sorrow's lowest depths
Wilt bring me forth once more.

4 O turn again and comfort me,
My wanting strength increase,
And for Thy faithfulness, O God,
My praise shall never cease.

5 Thou Holy One of Israel,
To Thee sweet songs I raise;
The soul Thou hast redeemed from death
Shall give Thee joyful praise.

6 My enemies that seek my hurt
Thy help has put to shame;
My thankful tongue will ceaselessly
Thy righteousness proclaim.

The Psalter: with responsive readings, 1912

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First Line: O gracious God, forsake me not
Title: A Prayer of Faith
Language: English



MARTYRDOM was originally an eighteenth-century Scottish folk melody used for the ballad "Helen of Kirkconnel." Hugh Wilson (b. Fenwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, c. 1766; d. Duntocher, Scotland, 1824) adapted MARTYRDOM into a hymn tune in duple meter around 1800. A triple-meter version of the tune was fir…

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