De profundis - out of the depths. It comes from the Psalm 130: Out of the depths I cry to thee - the Lenten hymn "From deepest woe I cry to thee" in the Episcopal hymnal is but one musical setting of this psalm.
The Estonian composer Arvo Part wrote this moving 4-part piece based on the psalm in 1980. Close your eyes and listen:
|1||Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD;|
LORD, hear my voice; *
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
|2||If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, *|
O LORD, who could stand?
|3||For there is forgiveness with you; *|
therefore you shall be feared.
|4||I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him; *|
in his word is my hope.
|5||My soul waits for the LORD,|
more than watchmen for the morning, *
more than watchmen for the morning.
|6||O Israel, wait for the LORD, *|
for with the LORD there is mercy;
|7||With him there is plenteous redemption, *|
and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.