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Psalm 102

(from Day 20 Morning Prayer)

Domine, exaudi

  1. HEAR my prayer, O Lord: and let my crying come unto thee.
  2. Hide not thy face from me in the time of my trouble: incline thine ear unto me when I call; O hear me, and that right soon.
  3. For my days are consumed away like smoke: and my bones are burnt up as it were a firebrand.
  4. My heart is smitten down, and withered liked grass: so that I forget to eat my bread.
  5. For the voice of my groaning: my bones will scarce cleave to my flesh.
  6. I am become like a pelican in the wilderness: and like an owl that is in the desert.
  7. I have watched, and am even as it were a sparrow: that sitteth alone upon the house-top.
  8. Mine enemies revile me all the day long: and they that are mad upon me are sworn together against me.
  9. For I have eaten ashes as it were bread: and mingled my drink with weeping;
  10. And that because of thine indignation and wrath: for thou hast taken me up, and cast me down.
  11. My days are gone like a shadow: and I am withered like grass.
  12. But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever: and thy remembrance throughout all generations.
  13. Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Sion: for it is time that thou have mercy upon her, yea, the time is come.
  14. And why? thy servants think upon her stones: and it pitieth them to see her in the dust.
  15. The heathen shall fear thy Name, O Lord: and all the kings of the earth thy majesty;
  16. When the Lord shall build up Sion: and when his glory shall appear;
  17. When he turneth him unto the prayer of the poor destitute: and despiseth not their desire.
  18. This shall be written for those that come after: and the people which shall be born shall praise the Lord.
  19. For he hath looked down from his sanctuary: out of the heaven did the Lord behold the earth;
  20. That he might hear the mournings of such as are in captivity: and deliver the children appointed unto death;
  21. That they may declare the Name of the Lord in Sion: and his worship at Jerusalem;
  22. When the people are gathered together: and the kingdoms also, to serve the Lord.
  23. He brought down my strength in my journey: and shortened my days.
  24. But I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of mine age: as for thy years, they endure throughout all generations.
  25. Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
  26. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
  27. And as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
  28. The children of thy servants shall continue: and their seed shall stand fast in thy sight.