1. How long wilt thou forget me, Lord? Must I forever mourn? How long wilt thou withdraw from me, Oh! never to return? 2. How long shall anxious thoughts my soul, And grief my heart oppress? How long my enemies insult, And I have no redress? 3. O hear, and to my longing eyes Restore thy wonted light; And suddenly, or I shall sleep In everlasting night. 4. Restore me, lest they proudly boast 'Twas their own strength o'ercame; Permit not them that vex my soul To triumph in my shame. 5. Since I have always plac'd my trust Beneath thy mercy's wing, Thy saving health will come, and then My heart with joy shall spring. 6. Then shall my song, with praise inspir'd, To thee, my God, ascend; Who to thy servant in distress Such bounty didst extend. D.: To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, The God whom we adore, Be glory; as it was, is now, And shall be evermore.