POETRY: (from) Psalm 86, by John Milton

POETRY: (from) Psalm 86 John Milton

Thy gracious ear, O Lord, incline,
O hear me I thee pray,
For I am poor, and almost pine
With need, and sad decay.
Preserve my soul, for I have trod
Thy ways, and love the just;
Save thou thy servant O my God
Who still in thee doth trust.
Pity me Lord for daily thee
I call; O make rejoice
Thy servant’s soul; for Lord to thee
I lift my soul and voice;
For thou art good, thou Lord art prone
To pardon, thou to all
Art full of mercy, thou alone
To them that on thee call.
Unto my supplication Lord
Give ear, and to the cry
Of my incessant prayers afford
Thy hearing graciously.
I in the day of my distress
Will call on thee for aid;
For thou wilt grant me free access
And answer, what I prayed.
Like thee among the gods is none
O Lord, nor any works
Of all that other gods have done
Like to thy glorious works.
The nations all whom thou hast made
Shall come, and all shall frame
To bow them low before thee Lord,
And glorify thy name.
For great thou art, and wonders great
By thy strong hand are done;
Thou in thy everlasting seat
Remainest God alone…
…Teach me O Lord thy way most right;
I in thy truth will bide;
To fear thy name my heart unite,
So shall it never slide.
Thee will I praise O Lord my God
Thee honor, and adore
With my whole heart, and blaze abroad
Thy name for evermore.
For great thy mercy is toward me,
And thou hast freed my soul,
Ev’n from the lowest Hell set free,
From deepest darkness foul.
O God the proud against me rise
And violent men are met
To seek my life, and in their eyes
No fear of thee have set.
But thou Lord art the God most mild,
Readiest thy grace to show,
Slow to be angry, and art styled
Most merciful, most true.
O turn to me thy face at length,
And save thy handmaid’s son.
Some sign of good to me afford,
And let my foes then see
And be ashamed, because thou Lord
Dost help and comfort me.

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