God of mercy, hear our prayer

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1 God of mercy, hear our prayer,
For the children Thou hast giv'n;
May they all Thy blessings share,
Grace on earth and bliss in heav'n.

2 In the morning of their days,
May their hearts be drawn to Thee;
May they learn to lisp Thy praise
In their earliest infancy.

3 Cleanse their souls from ev'ry stain,
Through the Saviour's precious blood;
May they all be born again,
And be reconciled to God.

4 For this mercy, Lord, we cry;
Lend Thine ever-gracious ear;
While on Thee our souls rely,
Hear our prayer, in mercy hear!


Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #660

Author: Thomas Hastings

Hastings, Thomas, MUS. DOC., son of Dr. Seth Hastings, was born at Washington, Lichfield County, Connecticut, October 15, 1784. In 1786, his father moved to Clinton, Oneida Co., N. Y. There, amid rough frontier life, his opportunities for education were small; but at an early age he developed a taste for music, and began teaching it in 1806. Seeking a wider field, he went, in 1817, to Troy, then to Albany, and in 1823 to Utica, where he conducted a religious journal, in which he advocated his special views on church music. In 1832 he was called to New York to assume the charge of several Church Choirs, and there his last forty years were spent in great and increasing usefulness and repute. He died at New York, May 15, 1872. His aim was the… Go to person page >

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NUN KOMM DER HEIDEN HEILAND is a chorale derived from a chant. Among the simplest of the Lutheran repertoire, it is framed by identical lines–l and 4. Sing the entire hymn with antiphonal groups (the practice its original Latin author, Ambrose, strongly promoted). Sing some stanzas in unison and o…

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