Mercy alone can meet my case

Mercy alone can meet my case

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 41 hymnals

Representative Text

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

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Mercy alone can meet my case
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


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)



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Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d443

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #331

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #331

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Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #391

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Hymns for Youth, Suitable to be Used in Sabbath and Parochial Schools #43

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New Christian Hymn and Tune Book #289

Parish Psalmody #d466

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #435

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Revival Hymns #300


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