1 Have mercy Lord, on us we pray,
Thy grace to us reveal;
O turn thy Plagues from us away
Tho' we deserve them well.
2 Thy punishments are justly due,
And answer to our crimes!
And we are made to feel them too,
In these distressing times.
3 Lord, what destruction death has made,
How has it swept our towns;
What numbers number'd with the dead,
In neighbouring places round.
4 Death visits us in all our homes,
And there makes his abode:
And hurries mortals to their tombs
That sink beneath his load.
5 Well may we sorrow, weep and mourn,
And pray with all our heart:
That God in mercy may return,
And bid our Plagues depart.
Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #CLVII