To God with mournful voice

To God with mournful voice

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1 To God with mournful Voice
in deep Distress I pray'd;
2 Made him the Umpire of my Cause,
my Wrongs before Him laid.
3 Thou didst my Steps direct,
when my griev'd Soul despair'd;
For where I thought to walk secure,
they had their Traps prepar'd.

4 I look'd but found no Friend
to own me in Distress;
All Refuge fail'd, no Man vouchsaf'd
his Pity or Redress.
5 To God at last I pray'd,
thou, Lord, my Refuge art,
My Portion in the Land of Life,
'till Life itself depart.

6 Reduc'd to greatest Straits,
to Thee I make my Moan;
O save me from oppressive Foes,
for me too pow'rful grown,
7 That I may praise thy Name,
my Soul from Prison bring;
Whilst of thy kind Regard to me,
assembled Saints shall sing.

Source: A New Version of the Psalms of David: fitted to the Tunes used in Churches #CXLII

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First Line: To God with mournful voice
Source: Tate and Brady
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


To God with mournful voice. Tate & Brady. [Psalm cxlii.] In the New Version, 1696, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. In 1836 it was re-written by J. Hall or E. Osier, probably the latter, and included in the Mitre Hymn Book, as,

"In deep distress to God
I poured my care and grief,"

in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and from thence passed, without alteration, into the Festival Hymn Book, 1875, No. 634. The version of Ps. cxx. in the Mitre Hymn Book in 3 stanzas of 4 lines, beginning,

"In deep distress to God I cried
And He aveng'd my wrongs,"

was by E. Oder, and is also found in his Church and King, 1836-37, p. 137, for the 2nd Sunday after Trinity.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)