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]

See also commentary and notes