With My Whole Heart To God I Called


With my whole heart to God I call’d,
Lord, hear my earnest cry;
And I thy statutes to perform
With all my care apply.

Again more fervently I pray’d,
O save me, that I may
Thy testimonies throughly know,
And steadfastly obey.

My earlier pray’r the dawning day
Prevented, while I cri’d
To him, on whose engaging word
My hope alone rely’d.

With zeal have I awak’d before
The midnight watch was set,
That I of thy mysterious word
Might perfect knowledge get.

Lord, hear my supplicating voice,
And wonted favour show:
O quicken me, and so approve
Thy judgment ever true.

My persecuting foes advance,
And hourly nearer draw;
What treatment can I hope from them
Who violate thy law?

Though they draw nigh, my comfort is
Thou, Lord, art yet more near;
Thou, whose commands are righteous all,
Thy promises sincere.

Concerning thy divine decrees,
My soul has known of old,
That they were true, and shall their truth
To endless ages hold.