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Hope in Darkness. Ps. 13; Job 13. 24

I. Watts       L.M.

1
How long, O Lord, shall I complain
Like one that seeks his God in vain?
Canst thou thy face for ever hide,
And I still pray and be denied?

2
Shall I for ever be forgot,
As one whom thou regardest not?
Still shall my soul thy absence mourn,
And still despair of thy return?

3
How long shall my poor troubled breast
Be with these anxious thoughts oppressed?
And Satan, my malicious foe,
Rejoice to see me sunk so low?

4
How would the powers of darkness boast
Should but one praying soul be lost!
But I have trusted in thy grace,
And shall again behold thy face.

5
Whate’er my fears or foes suggest,
Thou art my hope, my joy, my rest;
My heart shall feel thy love, and raise
My cheerful voice to songs of praise.