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Mercy alone can meet my case

Mercy alone can meet my case

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 41 hymnals

Full 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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A Baptist Hymn Book, Designed Especially for the Regular Baptist Church and All Lovers of Truth #d496
A Choice Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of the Baptist Church and all lovers of song #212Page Scan
A Manual of Devotion and Hymns for the House of Refuge, City of New York #204Page Scan
A New and Choice Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of the Regular Baptist Church. 10th ed. #d317
A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the best authors; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations (21st ed. with an appendix) #963Page Scan
Christian Hymn and Tune Book, for use in Churches, and for Social and Family Devotions #234Page Scan
Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d443
Dupuy's Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Rev. corr. and enl.) #229Page Scan
General Baptist Hymn Book #d305
Gospel Light, or Hymns and Tunes for all Occasions of Christian Work and Worship #d267
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #331Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #331Page Scan
Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #391Page Scan
Hymns for Youth, Suitable to be Used in Sabbath and Parochial Schools #43Page Scan
New Christian Hymn and Tune Book #289Page Scan
New Hymn and Tune book: an Offering of Praise for the Methodist Episcopal Church #11aPage Scan
New Hymn and Tune Book: an Offering of Praise for the Use of the African M. E. Zion Church of America #11aPage Scan
Parish Hymns: a collection of hymns for public, social, and private worship; selected and original #244Page Scan
Parish Psalmody #d466
Parish Psalmody #d478
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #435Page Scan
Revival Hymns #300Page Scan
Sacred Poems and Hymns #173Text
The American Hymn and Tune Book #d484
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #435Page Scan
The Book of Praise #d199
The Book of Worship #d307
The Camp-Meeting Chorister: or, a collection of hymns and spiritual songs, for the pious of all denominations. To be sung at camp meetings, during revivals of religion, and on other occasions #253Page Scan
The Chapel Hymn Book #d234
The Christian Hymn Book: a compilation of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, original and selected (Rev. and enl.) #361Page Scan
The Christian Hymnal #d421
The Christian Hymnal: a choice collection of hymns and tunes for congregational and social worship #288Page Scan
The Christian hymnal: a collection of hymns and tunes for congregational and social worship; in two parts (Rev.) #289Page Scan
The Christian Hymnist #d343
The Heart and Voice: or, Songs of Praise for the Sanctuary: hymn and tune book, designed for congregational singing in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for congregations generally #175bPage Scan
The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.: to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression (New ed.) #D312Page Scan
The Tribute of praise and Methodist Protestant Hymn Book. #241Page Scan
The Tribute of Praise: a collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship, and for the use in the family circle and Sabbath school #241Page Scan
The Tribute of Praise: a collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship, and for use in the family circle #241Page Scan
Union Hymns. Rev. #d240
Union Hymns. Rev. #d242
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