I AM the man which have affliction
Under the rod of Gods wrath
He hath led mee to darkness
e, not to light,
against mee all day, his hand doth fight
Hee hath broke
bones, worne out my flesh and skin
Built up against mee; and hath
girt mee in
e, and with labour; and set mee
darke, as they who dead for ever be
Hee hath hedg'd me
lest I scape, and add
To my steel
e fetters, heavier than
When I crie out, he out shuts my prayer
: And hath
Stop'd with hewn stone
my way, and turn'd my path.
And like a Lion
hid in secrecie,
Or Beare which
lyes in wait, he was to mee.
He stops my way, teares me, made desolate,
And hee makes mee the marke he shoot
made the children of his quiver passe
Into my reines, I with my
All the day long, a song and mockery
fill'd mee with bitternesse, and he
Hath made me drunke with
wormewood. He hath burst
My teeth with stone
s, and covered mee with
And thus my Soule farre off from peace
prosperity I did forget.
, my hope (unto my selfe
Which from the Lord
should come, is perished.
my mournings I do thinke upon,
, hemlocke, and affliction,
e is humbled in remembring this;
considers, therefore, hope there is.
Consum'd, for his compassions
do not die;
For every morning they renewed
For great, O
Lord, is thy fidelity
The Lord is, saith my Soule, my portion,
And therefore in him will I hope alone
is good to them, who on him relie,
And to the Soule that seeks him earnestly.
It is both good to
trust, and to attend
(The Lords salvation
) unto the end:
'Tis good for one his yoake in youth
sits alone, and doth all speech forbearer
Because he hath borne it. And
his mouth he layes Deep
e in the dust, yet then in hope he stayes.
He gives his cheekes to whosoever will
him, and so he is reproched still.
For, not for ever doth the Lord
But when he'hath strucke with sadnes, hee doth take
Compassion, as his mercy
Nor is it
with his heart, that he doth smite;
the prisoners stamped
That a mans right the judge
himselfe doth see
To be wrung from him, That he subverted is
just cause; the Lord allowes not this.
Who then will say, that ought doth
come to passe,
But that which by the Lord commanded was?
l from his mouth proceeds;
then grieves any man for his misdeeds
Turne wee to God, by trying out
To him in heaven, our hands with hearts upraise.
Wee have rebell'd, and falne away from thee,
pardon'st not; Usest no clemencie;
Pursuest us, kill'st us, coverest us
Cover'st thy self
e with clouds, that our prayer hath
No power to passe. And thou hast made us fall
refuse, and off-scouring to them all.
All our foes gape at us. Fear
With ruine, and with waste, upon us are.
With watry rivers
doth mine eye oreflow
of my peoples daughter so;
Mine eye doth drop downe teares incessantly,
Untill the Lord looke downe from heaven to see.
And for my citys daughters sake, mine eye
breake mine heart. Causles mine enemy,
Like a bird chac'd me. In a
They have shut my life
, and cast on me a stone.
Waters flow'd o'r my head, then thought I, I am
Destroy'd; I called Lord, upon thy name
Out of the pit. And
thou my voice didst heare;
Oh from my sigh, and crye, stop not thine
Then when I call'd upon thee, thou drew'st nere
Unto mee, and said'st unto mee, do you feare.
Thou Lord my
Soules cause handled has
t, and thou
Rescud'st my life. O Lord do thou
Thou heardst my wrong. Their vengeance all they
How they reproach
ed, thou hast heard, and what they
What their lips utter
ed, which against me rose,
what was ever whisper'd by my foes
I am their song, whether
they rise or sit,
Give them reward
s Lord, for their working fit,
Sorrow of heart, thy curse
. And with thy might
from under heaven destroy