Henry Vaughan

[From the 1655 Edition.]

      O Lord, the hope of Israel, all they that forsake
Thee shall be ashamed ;  and they that depart from
Thee, shall be written in the earth, because they have
forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters.
      Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed ;  save me,
and I shall be saved, for Thou art my health, and my
great deliverer.
      I said in the cutting off of my days,  I shall go to
the gates of the grave ;  I have deprived myself of the
residue of my years.
      I said, I shall not see the Lord, even the Lord in the
land of the living :  I shall behold man no more with
the inhabitants of the world.
      O Lord !  by Thee doth man live, and from Thee is
the life of my spirit : therefore wilt Thou recover me,
and make me to live.
      Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the
pit of corruption ; for Thou hast cast all my sins
behind Thy back.
      For Thy name's sake hast Thou put off thine anger ;
for Thy praise hast Thou refrained from me, that I
should not be cut off.
      For the grave cannot praise Thee, death cannot
celebrate Thee :  they that go down into the pit, cannot
hope for Thy truth.
      The living, the living, he shall praise Thee, as I do
this day :  the father to the children shall make known
Thy truth.
      O Lord !   Thou hast been merciful, Thou hast
brought back my life from corruption :   Thou hast
redeemed me from my sin.
      They that follow after lying vanities, forsake their
own mercy.
      Therefore shall Thy songs be with me, and my
prayer unto the God of my life.
      I will go unto the altar of my God, unto God, the
joy of my youth ;  and in Thy fear will I worship
towards Thy holy temple.
      I will sacrifice unto Thee with the voice of thanks-
giving ;  I will pay that which I have vowed ;  sal-
vation is of the Lord.

Vaughan, Henry. The Poems of Henry Vaughan, Silurist. vol I.
E. K. Chambers, Ed. London, Lawrence & Bullen Ltd., 1896. 11-12.

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