1 Humbly now, with deep contrition,
We Thy mercy, Lord, entreat,
Now, as mourning, weeping, kneeling,
WE bow down before Thy feet;
Father, in the day of anguish,
And of darkness, and of shame,
Cling we to that precious promise
Make to us in Jesus name.
2 For His sake, our great Redeemer,
Thro’ His death of wondrous love,
Dare we to approach the footstool
Of Thy mighty throne above;
Aye, thro’ Him who bore the sorrow,
Bore in want, in woe, and strife,
This same weight of human weakness,
This same weary human life.
3 Thro’ His Name, and by His merits,
Whom we worship and adore,
For His blessed sake, we pray Thee,
Hear us, spare us evermore.
By His hour of mortal weakness,
Give Thine erring children strength,
That they bear the burden bravely,
That they win the crown at length.
Cross, Ada, née Cambridge, daughter of Henry Cambridge, born at St. Germaine, Norfolk, Nov. 21, 1844, and married, in 1869, to George Frederick Cross, who, in 1870, took Holy Orders as a curate in England, and subsequently, after holding various curacies in Australia, became, in 1877, Incumbent of Coleraine, in the diocese of Ballarat. Her works include Hymns on the Holy Communion, 1866; Hymns on the Litany, 1865, &c.; and she has also contributed to Lays of the Pious Minstrels, 1862; English Lyrics, &c.; and published a prose story, "The Two Surplices,” 1865, and tales in various magazines. Her hymns have attained to some popularity, and are characterized by great sweetness and purity of rhythm, combined with naturalness and simplicity.… Go to person page >
This tune is adapted from Barthélemon's piece Durandarte and Belerma: A Pathetic Scotch Ballad (1797). Some editors describe AUTUMN as "adapted from Psalm xlii in the Genevan Psalter, 1551", referring to the similarity between this tune and FREU DICH SEHR.