5. Oh! how shall I find rest in Thee? Who will send Thee into
my heart to inebriate it, s that I may forget my woes, and embrace
Thee my only good? What art Thou to me? Have compassion on me,
that I may speak. What am I to Thee that Thou demandest my love,
and unless I give it Thee art angry, and threatenest me with great
sorrows? Is it, then, a light sorrow not to love Thee? Alas!
alas! tell me of Thy compassion, O Lord my God, what Thou art to
me. "Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation." So speak that I may
hear. Behold, LOrd, the ears of my heart are before Thee; open
Thou them, and "say unto my soul, I am thy salvation." When I
hear, may I run and lay hold on Thee. Hide not Thy face from me.
Let me die, lest I die, if only I may see Thy face.
6. Cramped is the dwelling of my soul; do Thou expand it, that
Thou mayest enter in. It is in ruins, restore Thou it. There is
that about it which must offend Thine eyes; I confess and know it,
but who will cleanse it? or to whom shall I cry but to Thee?
Cleanse me from my secret sins, x O Lord, and keep Thy servant
from those of other men. I believe, and therefore do I speak;
Lord, Thou knowest.' Have I not confessed my transgressions unto
Thee, O my God; and Thou hast put away the iniquity of my heart?
a I do not contend in judgment with Thee, who art the Truth; and I
would not deceive myself, lest my iniquity lie against itself.s I do
not, therefore, contend in judgment with Thee, for "if Thou,
Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?"