1 Almighty Lord Most High draw near
whose awesome splendor none can bear;
eternal God, in mercy hear,
receive once more the sinner’s prayer;
upon your word of grace we call
whose word of power has ordered all.
2 How measureless your mercies stand,
the hope and pledge of sins forgiven;
those sins, unnumbered as the sand,
that hide the very stars of heaven;
O God of grace, to us impart
a penitent and contrite heart.
3 From such a heart we bend the knee
and all our sin and shame confess.
Lord, your unworthy servants see,
and clothe us round with righteousness;
that loved and pardoned, healed and blest,
we taste your mercies manifest.
4 So lift on high the Savior’s praise
with all the hosts of heaven above,
and sing through everlasting days
the God of glory grace and love.
The Lord of all let us adore,
for ever and for evermore.
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Author: Timothy Dudley-Smith (b. 1926)
Timothy Dudley-Smith (b. 1926) Educated at Pembroke College and Ridley Hall, Cambridge, Dudley-Smith has served the Church of England since his ordination in 1950. He has occupied a number of church positions, including parish priest in the diocese of Southwark (1953-1962), archdeacon of Norwich (1973-1981), and bishop of Thetford, Norfolk, from 1981 until his retirement in 1992. He also edited a Christian magazine, Crusade, which was founded after Billy Graham's 1955 London crusade. Dudley-Smith began writing comic verse while a student at Cambridge; he did not begin to write hymns until the 1960s. Many of his several hundred hymn texts have been collected in Lift Every Heart: Collected Hymns 1961-1983 (1984), Songs of Deliverance: Thirt… Go to person page >
Display Title: A Song of Penitence (Kyrie Pantokrator): Canticle 14 (metrical paraphrase)First Line: Almighty Lord Most High draw nearTune Title: KEISER NEWAuthor: Timothy Dudley-Smith (b. 1926)Meter: 88.88.88Scripture: Prayer of Manasseh; Luke 1:68-79Date: 1997Subject: Service Music | CanticlesSource: Prayer of Manasseh, based on the