1594. Solemnis Haec Festivitas

1 O God of mercy, hear us now
As at Thy throne we humbly bow;
In earnest prayer to Thee we plead
For those in suffering and in need.

2 Constrain us by Thy saving love
To serve Thee, Lord in heaven above,
In those Thy brethren here below
Who dwell in homes of want and woe.

3 Where thirst and hunger bring distress,
Where strangers feel their loneliness,
Where prisoned men in sorrow lie,
Where suffering sick in anguish cry:

4 Grant us the hearts that, undismayed,
In every need will render aid;
And bid us haste, when called by Thee,
In these Thy poor Thyself to see.

5 Send Thou the help we cannot give:
Bid dying souls arise and live;
To palsied will, to withered heart,
With quickening power Thy strength impart.

6 O God of mercy, be Thou blest,
Thy name be hallowed and confessed,
That, through our love, on every shore
Thy praise may echo ever more.

Text Information
First Line: O God of mercy, hear us now
Title: Solemnis Haec Festivitas
Meter: with Refrain
Language: English
Tune Information
Meter: with Refrain
Source: Paris Gradual, 1689

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©Recorded by Clyde McLennan, D Major 6 verses

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