A Ghazal of Psalm 20

 

 

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A Ghazal is a poem that I have never heard of before today, so come along with me and explore this form. It is made up of a minimum of five couplets, where each couplet is an independent poem. The Ghazal has a refrain of one to three words that repeat, and an inline rhyme that preceedes the refrain. Lines 1 and 2, then every second line, has this refrain and inline rhyme. The rhyming scheme is AA bA cA dA eA etc.

 

A Ghazal of Psalm 20

 

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble;

May the LORD answer you when you call.

 

May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;

May the God of Jacob answer you when you call.

 

2May He send you help from the sanctuary,

May He send you help when you call.

 

And strengthen you out of Zion;

May the King strengthen you when you call.

 

May He remember all your offerings,

May the King remember you when you  call.

 

And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah

May the King accept you when you call.

 

4May He grant you according to your heart’s desire,

May the King answer you when you call.

 

And fulfill all your purpose.

May the King fulfill when you call.

 

 We will rejoice in your salvation,

May the King rejoice when you call.

 

And in the name of our God we will set up our banners!

May the King answer us when we call.

 

May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

May the King fulfill when you call.

 

 Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed;

May the LORD save when we call.

 

He will answer him from His holy heaven

May the King answer him when he calls.

 

With the saving strength of His right hand.

May the King save us when we call.

 

 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;

May the King answer us when we call.

 

But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

May the King remember us when we call.

 

They have bowed down and fallen;

May the King answer us when we call.

 

But we have risen and stand upright.

May the King answer us when we call.

 

 Save, Lord!
May the King answer us when we call.

 

 

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