"Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,1
that God would be willing to crush2 me, to let loose his hand and cut me off !3
Then I would still have this consolation4-- my joy in unrelenting pain5-- that I had not denied the words6 of the Holy One.7
"What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?8
Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?9
Do I have any power to help myself,10 now that success has been driven from me?
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