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TONE 3

Give ear, Lord, unto my prayer : and ponder the voice of my humble desires.

In the time of my trouble I will call upon thee : for thou hearěst me.

Among the gods there is none like unto theé, o Lord : there is not one that can do às thoú doěst.

All nations whom thou hast made, shall come and worship thee, O Lord : and shall glóržfy thy Náme.

For thou art great, and dóěst wondrous things : thoú ărt Gód alóne.

Teach me thy way, O Lord *, and I will walk in thy truth : O knit my heart unto thee *, that I may fear thy Náme.

I will thank thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart : and will praise thy Name for evermore,

For great is thy mércy toward me : and thou hast delivered my soul from the nethěrmost héll.

O God, the proud are rísén against me : and the congregations of naughty men have sought after my soul*, and have not set theé běfore their eyes.

But thou, O Lord God, art full of compassion and mércy : long-suffering, plenteous in goodněss and trúth.

O turn thee then unto me, and have mercy upon me : give thy strength unto thy servant, and help the son of thine hándmaid.

Shew some token upon me for good *, that they

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who hate me may seé it, and be ashamed : because thou, Lord, hast hólpen me, and comforted me.

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HER foundations are upon the holy hills : the Lord loveth the gates of Sion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

Very excellent things are spoken of thee : thou cítý of God.

I will think upon Rahab and Bábýlon : with them thắt know me.

Behold ye the Philistines also : and they of Tyre, with the Morians*; lo, thére wăs he born.

And of Sion it shall be reported that he was born in her : and the most High shall stablish her.

The Lord shall rehearse it when he writeth up the people : that he wis born there.

The singers also and trumpeters shall he rehearse : All my fresh springs shall be in thee.

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O LORD God of my salvation*, I have cried day and night before thee : 0 let my prayer enter into thy presence*, incline thine eár untò my calling.

For my soul is full of trouble : and my life draweth nigh unto héli.

I am counted as one of them that go down into thě pit : and I have been even as a man that hath no strength.

Free among the dead, like unto them that are wounded, and lie in the grave : who are out of remembrance, and are cut away from thy hand.

Thou hast laíd me in thě lowest pit : in a place of dárkness, and in the deép.

Thine indignation lieth hard upon me : and thou hast véxed me with all thy storms.

Thou hast put away mine acquaintănce far from me : and made me to be abhorred of them.

I am so fast in prison : that I cannot get forth. My sight faileth for very trouble : Lord, I have called daily upon thee*, I have stretched forth my hands unto thee.

Dost thou shew wonders åmong the dead : or shall the dead rise up again, and praise thee?

Shall thy loving-kindness be shéwed in the grave : or thy faíthfulness in destruction ?

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Shall thy wondrous works be known in the dark : and thy righteousness in the land where all things are forgotten?

Unto thee have I cried, O Lord : and early shall my prayer come běfóre thee.

Lord, why abhórrest thou my soul : and hídest thou thị face from me?

I am in misery, and like unto hím that is at the point to die : even from my youth úp thy terrors have I suffered with ă troubled mind.

Thy wrathful displeasure góeth over me : and the fear of theé hath undóne me.

They came round about me daíly like wáter : and compassed me together on evěry side.

My lovers and friénds hast thou put ăway from mě: and hid mine acquaintance out of my sight.

Evening Praper.
Psalm lxxxix. Misericordias Domini.

(CHRISTMAS DAY. EVEN.)

TONE 1.

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My song shall be alway of the loving-kíndněss of the Lord : with my mouth will I ever be shewing thy truth * from one generation to another.

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