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God! be merciful to me

God! be merciful to me, For my spirit trusts in Thee

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 3 hymnals

Representative Text

God! be merciful to me,
For my spirit trusts in Thee,
And to Thee, her refuge springs:
Be the shadow of thy wings
Round the trembling sinner cast,
Till this storm is overpast.

From the water-floods that roll
Deep and deeper round my soul,
Me, Thine arm Almighty take,
For thy loving-kindness' sake;
If Thy truth from me depart,
Thy rebuke will break my heart.

Foes increase, they close me round,
Friend nor comforter is found;
Sore temptations now assail,
Hope and strength and courage fail;
Turn not from Thy servant's grief,
Hasten, Lord, to my relief.

Poor and sorrowful am I,
Set me, O my God! on high:
Wonders Thou for me hast wrought;
Nigh to death my soul is brought;
Save me, Lord, in mercy save,
Lest I sink below the grave.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: God! be merciful to me, For my spirit trusts in Thee
Title: God! be merciful to me
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)
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A Selection of Hymns #238


Sacred Poems and Hymns #172

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The Baptist Hymn Book #925

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