Beckett: Poetry – No. 1897, Consolation for My Soul

This exegetical poem is based on Psalm 42:5-11.


Why are you dejected, O my soul?
     Why do you suffer turmoil?
For God is your hope and counsel;
     your salvation is His toil.

My soul has cast a shadow;
     therefore, I remember who You are:
All within the earth You know, —
     You command every land and star.

In the day You command Your mercy;
     in the night You put song in my soul.
I lift my prayers without a worry
     and know me You shall console.

With foolish audacity, I say,
     “Have You forgotten me, O God my Rock?
Why do You allow my suffering to weigh
     while my enemies joke and mock?”

Why are you dejected, O my soul?
     Why do you suffer turmoil?
For God is your hope and counsel;
     your salvation is His toil.

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