Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord

1.	Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;
        make, Lord, your ears attentive to my call.
        Sorrow and fear overwhelm and engulf me:
           Lord, in your mercy, hear my cry.

2.	Should you, O Lord, keep watch for every wrong,
        who then, O Lord, could raise their head in song?
        Yet in your grace is forgiveness and freedom;
           help me revere and fear your name.

3.	Wait for the Lord, wait patiently, my soul;
        wait for the Lord, though tower and temple fall;
        more than the dawn-watchers watch for the dawning,
           wait through the bleakest, darkest hours.

4.	May we, your people, joined in one accord,
        out from the depths renew our hope, O Lord.
        May we in you find redemption and mercy:
           Lord, hear our cry, our deepest song.

Tune: Gresford (a.k.a. The Miners' Hymn) by Robert Saint [PDF], [MIDI]

Words: Copyright © David Lee, 2011

See also commentary and notes

Copyright © David Lee
E-mail: t.d.lee@servicemusic.org.uk
WWW: http://www.servicemusic.org.uk/
Last updated: 21 April 2016