Hear my prayer, O Lord
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears consider my calling :
hold not thy peace at my tears.
For I am a stranger with thee :
and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength :
before I go hence, and be no more seen.
Psalm 39, vv. 13-15
Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)