Mercy is welcome news indeed

Mercy is welcome news indeed

Author: Joseph Hart
Published in 16 hymnals

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1 Mercy is welcome news indeed,
To those that guilty stand:
Wretches that feel what help they need,
Will bless the helping hand.

2 Who rightly would his alms dispose,
Must give them to the poor:
None but the wounded patient knows
That comfort of his cure.

3 We all have sinned against our God:
Exception none can boast:
But he that feels the heaviest load,
Will prize forgiveness most.

4 No reckoning can we rightly keep;
For who the sums can know?
Some souls are fifty pieces deep;
And some five hundred owe.

5 But let our debts be what they may,
However great, or small;
As soon as we have naught to pay,
Our Lord forgives us all.

6 'Tis perfect poverty alone,
That sets the soul at large;
While we can call one mite our own,
We have no full discharge.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

Author: Joseph Hart

Hart, Joseph, was born in London in 1712. His early life is involved in obscurity. His education was fairly good; and from the testimony of his brother-in-law, and successor in the ministry in Jewin Street, the Rev. John Hughes, "his civil calling was" for some time "that of a teacher of the learned languages." His early life, according to his own Experience which he prefaced to his Hymns, was a curious mixture of loose conduct, serious conviction of sin, and endeavours after amendment of life, and not until Whitsuntide, 1757, did he realize a permanent change, which was brought about mainly through his attending divine service at the Moravian Chapel, in Fetter Lane, London, and hearing a sermon on Rev. iii. 10. During the next two years ma… Go to person page >

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Author: Joseph Hart
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