Sunday, July 27, 2014

De Profundis

Out of the depths I have cried unto Thee, O Lord, Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive: to the voice of my supplication.
If Thou, O Lord, shalt mark our iniquities: O lord, who can abide it?
For with Thee there is mercy: and by reason of Thy law I have waited on Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath waited on His word : my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even unto night: let Israel hope in the Lord.
For with the Lord there is mercy: and with Him is plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel: from all his iniquities.
Eternal rest give to them, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.


  1. I always saw you as a bit Wilde at heart.

    1. It's funny you say that, as I was familiar with the Wilde letter before I knew the prayer. Have you read The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde by Joseph Pearce? If not, I recommend it.

    2. No I haven't. But it's definitely going on my ever-expanding "must read" list. :)

  2. I first encountered the De Profundis in a translation of Georg Trakl's poem. Then backtracked to the Psalm. Then as I saw more and more of them, realized it's a whole genre of poem.