O Why Art Thou Cast Down My Soul

O, why art thou cast down, my soul?
And what should so disquiet thee?
Still hope in God, and Him extol,
Whose face brings saving help to me.

As pants the hart for water brooks,
So pants my soul, O God for Thee;
For Thee it thirsts, to Thee it looks,
And longs the living God to see.

I cry to God, my rock and stay,
Oh, why hast Thou forgotten me?
Why go I mourning all the day,
Oppressed by my fierce enemy? [Refrain]

Yet shall the Lord command by day,
His loving kindness, and His song
By night be with me; and I pray
To Him who doth my life prolong. [Refrain]

These things I’ll call to mind, and cry,
When I shall tread the sacred way
To Zion, praising God on high,
With throngs who keep the holy day. [Refrain]