Tune: VENI EMMANUEL

Words: David P. Regier

Music: Latin hymn, 15th cent.

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VERSE 1:
My God, O why have You forsaken me?
Salvation flees as I call from the deep.
O God, I call, but You do not hear;
By night I cry, but my soul cannot sleep.

CHORUS:
My God! My God!
Have You forsaken me?
My soul cries out as I call from the deep.

VERSE 2:
You, holy, are enthroned on Israel's praise;
Our fathers trusted in You and were saved.
To You they cried, and they were reclaimed;
In You they trusted and were not ashamed.

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VERSE 3:
I am a worm; by all I am despised.
They see me, laugh in scorn, and shake their heads.
"Commit yourself to God! Let Him save,
If He delights to lift Your soul from death."

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VERSE 4:
Yet You are He who brought me from the womb;
You made me trust upon my mother's breast.
For You have been my God from my birth,
And from her womb, in You I have found rest.

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VERSE 5:
O be not far from me; my trouble nears,
And there is none to help me close at hand.
For mighty bulls have circled around;
As lions roaring, hungry take their stand.

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VERSE 6:
Like water, I am poured upon the ground;
My heart is wax, my bones have spread apart.
My tongue cleaves to my jaw; strength is gone.
You lay me down in dust to there depart.

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VERSE 7:
For dogs surround me; evil is at hand;
They pierced my hands and feet, my bones are bare.
And mocking, they cast lots for my robe;
And they divide my garments as they stare.

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© 2019 David P. Regier. Used by permission.

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