(from Day 2 Morning Prayer)
Ut quid, Domine?
- WHY standest thou so far off, O Lord: and hidest thy face in the needful time of trouble?
- The ungodly for his own lust doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the crafty wiliness that they have imagined.
- For the ungodly hath made boast of his own heart's desire: and speaketh good of the covetous, whom God abhorreth.
- The ungodly is so proud, that he careth not for God ; neither is God in all his thoughts.
- His ways are alway grievous: thy judgements are far above out of his sight, and therefore defieth he all his enemies.
- For he hath said in his heart, Tush, I shall never be cast down: there shall no harm happen unto me.
- His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and fraud: under his tongue is ungodliness and vanity.
- He sitteth lurking in the thievish corners of the streets: and privily in his lurking dens doth he murder the innocent; his eyes are set against the poor.
- For he lieth waiting secretly, even as a lion lurketh he in his den: that he may ravish the poor.
- He doth ravish the poor: when he getteth him into his net.
- He falleth down, and humbleth himself: that the congregation of the poor may fall into the hands of his captains.
- He hath said in his heart, Tush, God hath forgotten: he hideth away his face, and he will never see it.
- Arise, O Lord God, and lift up thine hand: forget not the poor.
- Wherefore should the wicked blaspheme God: while he doth say in his heart, Tush, thou God carest not for it.
- Surely thou hast seen it: for thou beholdest ungodliness and wrong.
- That thou mayest take the matter into thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; for thou art the helper of the friendless.
- Break thou the power of the ungodly and malicious: take away his ungodliness, and thou shalt find none.
- The Lord is King for ever and ever: and the heathen are perished out of the land.
- Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the poor: thou preparest their heart, and thine ear hearkeneth thereto;
- To help the fatherless and poor unto their right: that the man of the earth be no more exalted against them.