In Sorrow And Distress

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1 In sorrow and distress,
To Thee, O Lord, we fly;
In penitential lowliness
To Thee for mercy cry.

2 Mercy, O mercy, Lord;
From Thee we have our breath :
We read it written in Thy Word,
“God willeth not your death.

3 God gave His only Son
Your sins to take away;
And God’s dear Son to Heav’n is gone
On your behalf to pray.

4 By Thine own love we plead,
O hearken to our prayer;
By Him, who for our sins did bleed,
Spare us, O Father, spare.

5 Our drooping minds refresh
With showers of heav’nly dew;
For hearts of stone give hearts of flesh,
Renew us, Lord, renew.

6 Comfort, and make us whole,
With Thy free Spirit’s grace;
Lift up, O Lord, upon our soul
The luster of Thy face.

7 With Jesu’s white robe hide
Our manifold offense;
And cleanse with blood from Jesu’s side
Our tears of penitence.

8 Constrain us to abhor
The sins that made Him grieve;
And ne’er to tempt the Spirit more
Our thankless hearts to leave.

9 Make us, O Lord, to tread
The path which Jesus trod;
Which Him from earth in triumph led
To the right hand of God.

10 So, with the saints in Heav’n,
May we sing praise to Thee,
For peace restored, and sins forgiv’n
To all eternity.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14562

Author: Christopher Wordsworth

Christopher Wordsworth--nephew of the great lake-poet, William Wordsworth--was born in 1807. He was educated at Winchester, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A., with high honours, in 1830; M.A. in 1833; D.D. in 1839. He was elected Fellow of his College in 1830, and public orator of the University in 1836; received Priest's Orders in 1835; head master of Harrow School in 1836; Canon of Westminster Abbey in 1844; Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge in 1847-48; Vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berks, in 1850; Archdeacon of Westminster, in 1865; Bishop of Lincoln, in 1868. His writings are numerous, and some of them very valuable. Most of his works are in prose. His "Holy Year; or, Hymns for Sundays, Holidays, and other occ… Go to person page >

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First Line: In sorrow and distress
Title: In Sorrow And Distress
Author: Christopher Wordsworth
Source: The Holy Year (London: Rivingtons: 1862)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Robert Jackson (b, Oldham, Lancashire, England, 1842; d. Oldham, 1914) originally, composed TRENTHAM as a setting for Henry W. Baker's "O Perfect Life of Love" (380). Named for a village in Staffordshire, England, close to the town in which Jackson was born, the tune was published with the Baker tex…

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