Lord, with thy wonted mercy hear

Lord, with thy wonted mercy hear

Adapter: Francis Hopkinson
Tune: GENEVAN 25
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

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1 Lord, with thy wonted Mercy hear,
The Voice of my Distress;
To my complaint bow down then Ear,
And all my Wrongs redress.
To thee my King and God,
I will direct my mournful Cry,
Accept my secret Pray'r,
For on thee alone rely.

2 Soon as the Morn with cheerful Light,
Shall paint the floating Skies,
To thee I will my Pray'r address;
To thee my Voice shall rise:
Ev'n when the early Dawn,
Shall shoot abroad it's timed Ray,
To thee i will look up,
To thee my GOD, devoutly pray.

3 In Men to Folly still inclin'd,
The LORD takes not Delight;
Nor will permit the sinful wretch,
To stand before his Sight.
The Wrongs which I sustain,
The GOD of Truth will not approve,
Who from his holy Place,
Will all Unrighteousness remove.

4 The stubborn Fool, who still with Scorn,
Rejects his proffer'd Grace,
He will reject with just Disdain,
And banish from his Face;
Those who unrighteous Things,
Do still with wicked Hearts pursue,
His Vengeance will not leave,
To stand unpunish'd in his View.

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5. The sland'ring Tongue, oh GOD of Truth!
Thou surely wilt destroy;
In lying Lips and faithless Hearts,
Thy Spirit finds no Joy;
So likewise dost thou hate,
The Man who is to Blood inclin'd;
And his deceitful Race,
From thee shall no Protection find.

6 But when thy heav'nly Grace, shall me
To thy blest courts restore,
On thee I'll fix my longing Eyes,
And humbly there adore;
Ev'n at thy Temple Gate,
With constant Zeal I will attend,
And thence my Pray'r direct,
To GOD, on whom I still depend.

7 Conduct me by thy righteous Laws,
To me in mercy show,
That sacred path of Truth, oh Lord!
In which I ought to go.
My Foes stand watching round,
In Hopes my sudden Fall to see;
Oh guard my heedless Steps,
And from their Snares deliver me.

8 Their Mouths vent nothing but Deceit,
To Slander still inclin'd;
Their wicked Hearts against my Life,
Have treach'rously design'd;
Their Throat is like a Grave,
That ever yawning to devour;
They flatter with their Tongue,
And still exult in lawless Pow'r.

9 In their own Counsels let them fall,
By Loads of Guilt opprest;
And as they others would have wrong'd,
So let them be distrest.
For they against thy Laws,
Have ever harden'd Rebels been,
They daily thee provok'd,
By still persisting in their Sin.

10 But let all those, who trust in thee,
Shout with triumphant Joy;
And all their Hours in Songs of praise,
Delightfully employ.
Let those whom thou preserv'st,
Thy Goodness all abroad proclaim;
And tell what Bliss awaits,
Those who revere thy holy Name.

11 To righteous men, the bounteous LORD,
His Blessing will impart;
Protection he affords to all,
Who have an upright Heart.
The LORD to all his Saints,
His Grace and Favour will extend;
And from approaching Harm,
Their Lives as with a Shield defend.

Source: The Psalms of David: with the Ten Commandments, Creed, Lord's Prayer, &c. in metre...for the use of the Reformed Protestant Dutch church of the city of New York #V

Adapter: Francis Hopkinson

Francis Hopkinson; grad. College of Philadelphia with master’s degree; studied law and passed Pa. bar; opened conveyancer’s office in Philadelphia; musical and literary talent; prolific writer who frequently used pen name, A. B. LOC Name Authority Files Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord, with thy wonted mercy hear
Adapter: Francis Hopkinson
Source: Tate & Brady's New Version, "Lord, hear the voice of my complaint"
Copyright: Public Domain



Louis Bourgeois's (PHH 3) GENEVAN 25 was first published in the 1551 edition of the Genevan Psalter. Howard Slenk (PHH 3) harmonized the tune in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal. One of the most beautifully constructed Genevan tunes, 25 is noted especially for its rhythmic interest and form (AABC). Like…

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