Mercy, O thou Son of David

Representative Text

1 “Mercy, O Thou Son of David,”
Thus poor blind Bartimeus prayed,
“Others by Thy Word are saved,
Now to me afford Thine aid.”

2 Many for his crying chid him,
But he called the louder still,
Till the gracious Savior bid him,
“Come and ask me what you will.”

Source: The Sacred Harp: the best collection of sacred songs, hymns, odes, and anthems ever offered the singing public for general use (1991 rev.) #52b

Author: John Newton

John Newton (b. London, England, 1725; d. London, 1807) was born into a Christian home, but his godly mother died when he was seven, and he joined his father at sea when he was eleven. His licentious and tumul­tuous sailing life included a flogging for attempted desertion from the Royal Navy and captivity by a slave trader in West Africa. After his escape he himself became the captain of a slave ship. Several factors contributed to Newton's conversion: a near-drowning in 1748, the piety of his friend Mary Catlett, (whom he married in 1750), and his reading of Thomas à Kempis' Imitation of Christ. In 1754 he gave up the slave trade and, in association with William Wilberforce, eventually became an ardent abolitionist. After becoming a tide… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Mercy, O thou Son of David
Author: John Newton
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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The Sacred Harp (Rev. Cooper Ed.) #52b

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