Singable translation by William Bartholomew (1793 - 1867)
Translation © by William Ouwehand

Hear my prayer
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT FRE
Hear my prayer, O God, incline Thine ear!
Thyself from my petition do not hide.
Take heed to me! Hear how in prayer I mourn to Thee,
Without Thee all is dark, I have no guide.

The enemy shouteth, the godless come fast!
Iniquity, hatred, upon me they cast!
The wicked oppress me, Ah where shall I fly?
Perplexed and bewildered, O God, hear my cry!

My heart is sorely pained within my breast,
my soul with deathly terror is oppressed,
trembling and fearfulness upon me fall,
with horror overwhelmed, Lord, hear me call!

O for the wings, for the wings of a dove!
Far away, far away would I rove!
In the wilderness build me a nest,
and remain there for ever at rest.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (William Ouwehand) , "Hoor mijn gebed", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Entends ma prière", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Lau Kanen [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2017-09-09
Line count: 16
Word count: 125

Hoor mijn gebed
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the English 
Hoor mijn gebed, O God, neig uw oor tot mij
Verberg u niet voor mijn smeking. 
Sla acht op mij! Hoor hoe ik in mijn beden smeek tot U.
Zonder U dwaal ik in het donker zonder gids.

De vijand schreeuwt, de goddelozen naderen snel.
Onheil en haat storten zij over mij uit 
De verdorvenen onderdrukken mij, ach waarheen zal ik vlieden?
Verward en verbijsterd, O God, hoor mijn aanroep.

Mijn hart krimpt ineen in mijn binnenste 
Mijn ziel onderdrukt door doodsangsten
Beving en vrees komen over mij 
Door schrik overweldigd, Heer, hoor mij roepen!

[O, had ik vleugelen] als een duif 
[Ver weg], zou ik heenvlieden
In de woestenij bouw ik een wijkplaats
En daar verblijf ik voor eeuwig in rust.

Translator's notes
Line 1-2: cf. Ps. 55, 2
Line 2-2: cf. Ps. 55, 4
Line 3-1: cf. Ps. 55, 5
Line 3-3: cf. Ps. 55, 6
Line 4-1: cf. Ps. 55, 7


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This text was added to the website: 2020-01-14
Line count: 16
Word count: 122