Psalm 51 - Angrisano

Psalm 51: Be merciful, O Lord - Steve Angrisano

Translated into ASL by David Bar-Tzur

Created 4 February 2008, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).

Refrain: HAVE-MERCY-ON-us LORD, HAVE-MERCY-ON US.
WHY? WE SIN FINISH. WE NOW APPROACH YOU-rt.
CLEAN-UP US INSIDE-SELF. HAVE-MERCY-ON US, LORD.

1. HAVE-MERCY-ON ME LORD, KNOW-THAT YOU-rt GOOD.
YOUR COMPASSION OVERFLOW, PARDON MY INSULT-rt.
MY GUILT WASH-body AWAY, LORD. MY SIN, CLEAN-UP.
HAVE-MERCY-ON ME LORD.

2. MAKE MY HEART PURE, GOD.
MAKE MY SPIRIT UPRIGHT AGAIN.
DON'T-WANT LOSE YOUR-rt LOVING PRESENCE, LORD.
YOUR-rt SPIRIT ME NEED STAY WITH.

3. GIFT-TO ME JOY YOUR-rt SALVATION, LORD.
SUPPORT MY SPIRIT ALWAYS WILLING.
HELP-me OPEN-HEART MEAN ME EXPRESS PRAISE CAN.
HAVE-MERCY-ON ME LORD.


Notes: HAVE-MERCY-ON-us - (2h)[open 8], POs > signer, hands move in vertical circles normal (perpendicular) to the chest. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Mercy - 2.

SIN - (2h)[X] touch their respective sides of the mouth, descend to neutral space and circle antisymmetrically parallel to the chest. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Sin.

APPROACH - (2h)[B], FOs up, DH PO away, ND is held in front of NDH and palm faces it, then both hands approach one another slightly.

YOU - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.

CLEAN-UP - CLEAN is repeated with both hands mvoing in a horizontal circle.

INSIDE-SELF - The FT of [C] are held against the chest and stuff the FT of [O^] into the [C] twice.

KNOW-THAT - Starts like KNOW but twists and descends, looking almost like DON'T-KNOW except the hand twists down at the end.

COMPASSION - HEART + (2h)[5^] descend slightly twice while closing to (2h)[O^] but hands close to heart.

OVERFLOW - [5], PO down, FO away, covers top of [S], PO > DS, FO away, and FT wiggle as the hand moves away, like a cup overflowing. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - overflow.

PARDON - Sign EXCUSE, switch dominance and sign EXCUSE again.

AWAY - (2h)[B], POs down, FOs away, nod hands down, then up, with a movement of the arms to show that something is being swept away.

PURE - Like NICE but the DH moves backwards slightly on the palm, pauses, then moves forward rapidly to show intensity.

UPRIGHT - Elbow of [S], PO > NDS, FO up, is struck against the fingers of NDH [B] held like part of TABLE.

LOVING - LOVE+.

PRESENCE - TOGETHER.

GIFT-TO [ME] - (2h)[X], POs ><, FOs up, hands alt. flip thumb sides > signer.

SALVATION - S-FREE.

Lyrics:

Refrain: Be merciful, O Lord. Have mercy on us,
for we have sinned. We come before you;
cleanse us from within. Have mercy on us, Lord.

1. Have mercy on me in your goodness, Lord.
In your great compassion wipe out my offense.
Wash me from guilt, Lord, cleanse me from my sin.
Have mercy on me, Lord.

2. Create a clean heart for me, O God.
And a steadfast spirit, renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence, O Lord.
Take not your Spirit from me.

3. Give me the joy of your salvation, Lord,
and a willing spirit sustain within me.
Open my lips, let my mouth proclaim your praise.
Have mercy on me, Lord.

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