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An Exposition of Psalm LI
AN EXPOSITION OF PSALM LI
WRITTEN DURING HIS IMPRISONMENT, BY THE REVEREND FATHER, BROTHER HIEROME SAVONAROLA, OF FERRARA, OF THE ORDER OF PREACHERS.
Woe is me, who am destitute of all aid! Who have offended both heaven and earth! Whither shall I go? Whither shall I turn? To whom shall I flee for refuge? Who will take pity on me?
To heaven I dare not lift mine eyes, for I have grievously sinned against it. On earth I cannot find a refuge, for I have been a by-word unto it.
What then shall I do? Shall I yield to despair? Away with the thought! God is merciful. Righteous is my Saviour. Therefore God alone is my refuge.
He will not despise the work of His own hand. He will not cast from Him the image of Himself. To Thee, therefore, most righteous God, disconsolate and full of woe, I come, since Thou alone art my hope, Thou alone art my refue. But how shall I open my mouth before Thee, when I dare not lift up mine eyes? Shall I pour forth words of lamentation? I will implore Thy mercy. I will say:—