322. And Wilt Thou Pardon, Lord

1 And wilt Thou pardon, Lord,
A sinner such as I,
Although Thy book his crimes record,
Of such a crimson dye?

2 So deep are they engraved,
So terrible their fear.
The righteous scarcely can be saved,
And where shall I appear?

3 O Thou Physician blest,
Make clean my guilty soul
And me, by many a sin opprest,
Restore and keep me whole!

4 I know not how to praise
Thy mercy and Thy love;
But deign my soul from earth to raise
And learn from Thee above.


Text Information
First Line: And wilt Thou pardon, Lord
Title: And Wilt Thou Pardon, Lord
Greek Title: Τϖν άμαρΤιϖν μον Τήν πληθύν
Author: Joseph the Hymnographer (c. 800, cento)
Translator: John M. Neale (1862)
Meter: S.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: Confession and Absolution
Tune Information
Composer: Samuel Howard (1762)
Meter: S.M.
Key: g minor

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