A pitiful complaint of Zion in prayer unto God.
Lamentations 5:1 Call to remembraunce (O Lorde) what we haue suffred, consydre, and se oure confusion. Lamentations 5:2 Oure enheritaunce is turned to the straungers and oure houses to the aleauntes. Lamentations 5:3 We are become carefull and fatherles, and oure mothers are as the wyddowes. Lamentations 5:4 We are fayne to dryncke oure awne water for money, and oure awne wod must we bye with money. Lamentations 5:5 Oure neckes are vnder persecucion, we are weery, and haue no rest. Lamentations 5:6 Afore tyme we yelded oure selues to the Egypcians, and nowe to the Assyrians, only that we myght haue bred ynough. Lamentations 5:7 Oure fathers (which now are gone) haue synned, & we must beare theyr wyckednes. Lamentations 5:8 Seruauntes haue the rule of vs, and no man delyuereth vs out of their handes. Lamentations 5:9 We must get oure lyuynge with þe parell of oure lyues, because of the drouth of the wyldernes. Lamentations 5:10 Oure skynne is as it had bene brent in an ouen, for very sore honger. Lamentations 5:11 The wyues are raueshed in Syon, and the maydens in the cyties of Iuda. Lamentations 5:12 The princes are hanged vp with the hande of the enemies, they haue not spared þe olde sage men, Lamentations 5:13 they haue taken yonge mennes lyues from them, & the boyes are hanged vp vpon trees. Lamentations 5:14 The elders sytt nomore vnder the gates, and the yonge men vse nomore playenge of musycke. Lamentations 5:15 The ioye of oure herte is gone, oure mery queer is turned into mournynge. Lamentations 5:16 The garlande of oure heade is fallen: alas, that euer we synned so sore. Lamentations 5:17 Therfore, oure herte is full of heuynes, & oure eyes dymme: Lamentations 5:18 because of the hyll of Sion, that is destroyed. In so moch, that the foxes runne vpon it. Lamentations 5:19 But thou, O Lorde, that remaynest for euermore, and thy seate worlde without ende: Lamentations 5:20 wherfore wylt thou styll forget vs, and forsake vs so longe? Lamentations 5:21 O Lorde turne thou vs vnto the, and so shall we be turned. Renue oure dayes as in olde tymes, Lamentations 5:22 for thou hast banyshed vs nowe longe ynough, and hast bene sore displeased at vs.