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485. O Thou That Hear'st When Sinners Cry

1 O thou that hear'st when sinners cry,
though all my crimes before thee lie,
behold them not with angry look,
but blot their mem'ry from thy book.

2 Create my nature pure within,
and form my soul averse to sin;
let thy good Spirit ne'er depart,
not hide thy presence from my heart.

3 I cannot live without thy light,
cast out and banished from thy sight;
thy holy joys, my God, restore,
and guard me, that I fall no more.

4 A broken heart, my God, my King,
is all the sacrifice I bring;
the God of grace will ne'er despise
a broken heart for sacrifice.

5 My soul lies humbled in the dust,
and owns thy dreadful sentence just:
look down, O Lord, with pitying eye,
and save the soul condemned to die.

6 Then will I teach the world thy ways;
sinners shall learn thy sovereign grace;
I'll lead them to my Savior's blood,
and they shall praise a pard'ning God.

Text Information
First Line: O thou that hear'st when sinners cry
Title: O Thou That Hear'st When Sinners Cry
Author: Isaac Watts (1719)
Publication Date: 1990
Meter: L.M.
Scripture: Psalm 51
Topic: The Way of Salvation: Repentance; Forgiveness of Sins; Heart: Contrite (2 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Arranger: Lowell Mason (1824)
Meter: L.M.
Key: F Major
Source: Gregorian Chant

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