Psalm 6

Words: Isaac Watts

There is also a Long Metre version on this page.
    Complaint in sickness.
   1  In anger, Lord, rebuke me not;
         Withdraw the dreadful storm;
      Nor let thy fury grow so hot
         Against a feeble worm.
   2  My soul's bowed down with heavy cares,
         My flesh with pain oppressed;
      My couch is witness to my tears,
         My tears forbid my rest.
   3  Sorrow and pain wear out my days;
         I waste the night with cries,
      Counting the minutes as they pass,
         Till the slow morning rise.
   4  Shall I be still tormented more?
         Mine eye consumed with grief?
      How long, my God, how long before
         Thine hand afford relief?
   5  He hears when dust and ashes speak,
         He pities all our groans;
      He saves us for his mercy's sake,
         And heals our broken bones.
   6  The virtue of his sov'reign word
         Restores our fainting breath;
      For silent graves praise not the Lord,
      Nor is he known in death.


Temptations in sickness overcome.
   1  Lord, I can suffer thy rebukes,
      When thou with kindness dost chastise;
      But thy fierce wrath I cannot bear:
      O let it not against me rise.
   2  Pity my languishing estate,
      And ease the sorrows that I feel;
      The wounds thine heavy hand hath made,
      O let thy gentler touches heal!
   3  See how I pass my weary days
      In sighs and groans; and when 'tis night,
      My bed is watered with my tears;
      My grief consumes, and dims my sight.
   4  Look, how the powers of nature mourn!
      How long, Almighty God, how long?
      When shall thine hour of grace return?
      When shall I make thy grace my song?
   5  I feel my flesh so near the grave,
      My thoughts are tempted to despair;
      But graves can never praise the Lord,
      For all is dust and silence there.
   6  Depart, ye tempters, from my soul;
      And all despairing thoughts, depart;
      My God, who hears my humble moan,
      Will ease my flesh, and cheer my heart.

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