Mercy alone can meet my case;
For mercy, Lord, I cry;--
Jesus! Redeemer! show thy face
In mercy, or I die.
Save me, for none beside can save;
At thy command I tread,
With failing step, life's stormy wave;
The wave goes o'er my head.
I perish, and my doom were just;
But wilt thou leave me? No:
I hold Thee fast, my hope, my trust,
I will not let Thee go.
Still sure to me Thy promise stands,
And ever must abide;
Behold it written on Thy hands,
And graven in Thy side.
To this, this only, will I cleave,
Thy word is all my plea;
Thy word is truth, and I believe:
Have mercy, Lord, on me.
Sacred Poems and Hymns
Mercy alone can meet my case. J. Montgomery. [Lent.] In Holland’s Memoirs of Montgomery this hymn is referred to under the following circumstances. Speaking to Holland on April 3, 1925, of the Rev. Peter Haslem, Montgomery said:--
”On Sunday afternoon he preached in Carver Street Chapel [Sheffield]; there were few persons present besides myself and some servant girls. What were the divisions or the style of his sermon I do not recollect; but the text—‘O save me for Thy mercies’ sake’ (Ps vi. 4)—was so powerfully impressed upon my mind that it has never since ceased to influence me; Hundreds and thousands of times have I repeated it in meditation and prayer, and I feel at this moment that if I am saved at last, it must be through the free, unmerited mercy of God, exercised towards me for the Savior’s sake,”—Vol. iv., p. 103.
The hymn was published in Montgomerys’ Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 463, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed with Mr. Haslem’s text, “O save me for Thy mercies’ sake”; and in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 173.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)