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1. The water brooks call to the hart
    As Thou dost call to me.
My spirit thirsteth after God:
    When shall I come to thee?
My tears have been my bread and meat
    O Lord by night and day;
Where is thy God, O wayward soul?
    Continually they say.

2. Pray tell me why, O rock of God,
    Thou hast forgotten me?
Why go I mourning evermore
    Before mine enemy?
My foes reproach me in my bones
    As sharp as any sword.
They daily cry to me in scorn,
    Where is thy helping Lord?

3. Why is my soul disquieted?
    Why have I doubts and fears?
For soon the countenance of God
    Shall drive away my tears.
I will remember Thee, O God
    In this, my heart’s despair,
From kingdom of the Hermonites
    And Mizar’s lofty stair.

4. At roaring of Thy waterspouts
    Deep calleth unto deep;
Thy waves and billows over me,
    In slow chastisement creep.
Yet will the Lord in coming hours
    His loving kindness bring,
To Him I pray, and in the night
    To me His voice shall sing.

5. I pour my spirit out as wine;
    And full of joy and praise,
I join that multitude which fills
    God’s house on holy days.
My soul, forget thy gloom, proclaim
    Thy praise in song and dance,
To Him who pours His lovely light
    Upon thy countenance.

Author: Wilson MacDonald (Psalm 42)
Composer: Irish traditional
Meter: C.M.
Song in the Night: Page 24

Water Brooks

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