Beckett: Poetry – No. 1799; How Long, O Lord?

An exegetical poem on Psalm 13


How long will You forget me, O God?
Will You forsake me forever?
Will Your favour forget this poor sod?
Is it Your desire to sever?

How long shall I long for comfort
and my heart suffer agony all day?
How long shall I be encumbered
and the Enemy my soul decay?

Consider my case, O God my Lord!
Enlighten my darkened soul,
lest life I can no longer afford
and sink into the depth of Sheol.

Help me, lest my enemies think
my faith is a sham, —
lest they rejoice in my brutal stink
because I appear damned.

Yet I trust in Your boundless mercy;
Your salvation brings joy to my lips.
I will sing to You in all my worry,
Your faithfulness my soul’s eclipse.

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