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Lord, in this thy mercy's day

Lord, in this Thy mercy's day

Author: Isaac Williams (1842)
Tune: ST. PHILIP (Monk)
Published in 141 hymnals

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1 Lord, in this thy mercy's day,
Ere pass for ay away,
On our knees we fall and pray.

2 Lord, on us thy Spirit pour,
Kneeling lowly at the door,
Lest it close for evermore.

3 By thy night of agony,
By thy supplicating cry,
By thy willingness to die.

4 By thy tears of bitter woe,
For Jerusalem below,
Let us not thy love forego.

5 Grant us 'neath thy wings a place,
Lest we lose the day of grace,
Ere we shall behold thy face.


Source: The New English Hymnal #69

Author: Isaac Williams

Isaac Williams was born in London, in 1802. His father was a barrister. The son studied at Trinity College, Oxford, where he gained the prize for Latin verse. He graduated B.A. 1826, M.A. 1831, and B.D. 1839. He was ordained Deacon in 1829, and Priest in 1831. His clerical appointments were Windrush (1829), S. Mary the Virgin's, Oxford (1832), and Bisley (1842-1845). He was Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, from 1832 to 1842. During the last twenty years of his life his health was so poor as to permit but occasional ministerial services. He died in 1865. He was the author of some prose writings, amongst which are Nos. 80, 86 and 87 of the "Oxford Tracts." His commentaries are favourably known. He also published quite a large num… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord, in this Thy mercy's day
Title: Lord, in this thy mercy's day
Author: Isaac Williams (1842)
Meter: 7.7.7
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Lord, in this Thy mercy's day. I. Williams. [Lent—A Metrical Litany.] This hymn is taken from "Image the Twentieth," a poem on "The Day of Days; or, the Great Manifestation," in 105 stanzas of 3 lines, which forms a part of his work, The Baptistery; or, The Way of Eternal Life, 1844. It was given with slight changes in the Cooke & Denton Hymnal, 1853, in 6 stanzas. It has been repeated in full or in part in numerous collections in Great Britain and America, and is a most suitable metrical Litany for Lent.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #3783
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