151. From deepest woe I cry to thee

1. From deepest woe I cry to thee;
Lord, hear me, I implore thee!
Bend down thy gracious ear to me;
I lay my sins before thee.
If thou rememberest every sin,
if nought but just reward we win,
could we abide thy presence?

2. Thou grantest pardon through thy love;
thy grace alone availeth.
Our works could ne'er guild remove;
yea, e'en the best life faileth.
For none may boast themselves of aught,
but must confess thy grace hath wrought
whate'er in them is worthy.

3. And thus my hope is in the Lord,
and not in my own merit;
I rest upon his faithful word
to them of contrite spirit.
That he is merciful and just,
here is my comfort and my trust;
his help I wait with patience.

Text Information
First Line: From deepest woe I cry to thee
Original Language: German
Author: Martin Luther, 1483-1546
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878 (alt.)
Meter: 87. 87. 887
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Scripture:
Tune Information
Name: AUS TIEFER NOT
Composer (melody, attr.): Martin Luther, 1483-1546
Harmonizer: Johann Herman Schein, 1586-1630 (alt.)
Meter: 87. 87. 887
Incipit: 51565 345
Key: e minor



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