O let me in th'accepted hour (Joseph Haydn)
- Editor: Tulipo Petressian (submitted 2016-01-09). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 60 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
- Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2011-10-13). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 29 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: The first verse only of the text is underlaid in the source, with the other four verses given here printed after the music. The first note of the penultimate bar in the upper two parts, given here as a crotchet, is printed in the source as a small crotchet grace note slurred to a full-sized minim.
First published: 1794 in Improved Psalmody, p. 300
Description: A setting by Haydn of verses from James Merrick's metrical version of Psalm 69:13-17. This setting is attributed to 'Dr. Haydn' in the source. Hymn Tune Index tune number 6938.
Original text and translations
O let me in th'accepted hour
In prayer to thee my spirit pour;
Thine ear, O Lord, propitious bend,
And pleased, thy promised help extend.
Snatch from the miry depths my feet;
Back let my furious foes retreat:
Safe from their hate thy servant keep,
Nor leave him sinking in the deep.
O then the swelling storm assuage,
Ere yet the flood's remorseless rage
In dreadful whirlpools wrap me round,
And plunge me in the dark profound.
Hear, Lord, and to my soul display
Thy mercy's all-enliv'ning ray:
Look down, eternal God, look down;
Behold me, but without a frown.
Ne'er to thy servant's longing eye
Thy face, amidst my foes, deny:
Haste to my aid, O haste thee near;
Release my soul from hostile fear.