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Psalm 17: XVII Exaudi, Domine

April 14, 2021

Malcolm Guite


Oh comfort me until I fall no more.

In this dark season when I am so frail

And fearful, comfort me. I stand before


You in your house at evening. I avail

Myself of compline’s long familiar chant

To call on you. I ask you to prevail


Over the powers that dull and disenchant,

Over the scoffing of a world that’s steeped

In its own excess, and instead to plant


Me firmly by your waters, and to keep

Me as the apple of an eye, to hide

Me in the shadow of your wings. I’ll sleep


In peace and take my rest. I will abide

In your rich presence now, and when I wake

I will behold you, and be satisfied. 

Psalm 17: XVII Exaudi, Domine is from Malcolm Guite’s book titled “David’s Crown: Sounding the Psalms” and is included here with his permission. 

The featured image “Full Moon Emerging” is courtesy of Lancia E. Smith and used with her glad permission for Cultivating and The Cultivating Project.


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