Kneeling, Pleading, Waiting

Have mercy, Lord, on me, As Thou wert ever kind

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1 Have mercy, Lord, on me,
As Thou wert ever kind;
Let me, oppressed with loads of guilt
Thy wonted mercy find.

2 Wash off my foul offense,
And cleanse me from my sin;
For I confess my crime, and see
How great my guilt has been.

3 Against Thee, Lord, alone,
And only in Thy sight,
Have I transgressed; and, though condemned
Must own Thy judgment right.

4 Blot out my crying sins,
Nor me in anger view;
Create in me a heart that's clean,
An upright mind renew.

5 Withdraw not Thou Thy help,
Nor cast me from Thy sight;
Nor let Thy Holy Spirit take
His everlasting flight.

6 The joy Thy favor gives
Let me, O Lord, regain;
And Thy free Spirit's firm support
My fainting soul sustain.


Source: The Church Hymnal: revised and enlarged in accordance with the action of the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892. (Ed. B) #351

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First Line: Have mercy, Lord, on me, As Thou wert ever kind
Title: Kneeling, Pleading, Waiting
Source: Tate and Brady's New Version, Ed. of 1698
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Have mercy, Lord, on me. Tate & Brady, [Psalms li.] This S.M. rendering of Psalms 51 was given in the New Version, 1698 (q.v.), in 17 stanzas of 4 lines, divided into two parts, and is a good example cf the renderings therein in that metre. As found in modern hymn-books in Great Britain and America it is given in an abbreviated form of three or more stanzas, and often with a doxology also from the New Version. Few collections agree, however, in their selection of stanzas. The arrangement of stanzas as in Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1875, is in more extensive use than any other.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Samuel Howard (b. London, England, 1710; d. London, 1782) composed ST. BRIDE as a setting for Psalm 130 in William Riley's London psalter, Parochial Harmony (1762). The melody originally began with "gathering" notes at the beginning of each phrase. The tune's title is a contraction of St. Bridget, t…

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