O God, in mercy hear

O God, in mercy hear, I lift my cry to Thee

Translator: John Brownlie
Published in 2 hymnals

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O God, in mercy hear,
I lift my cry to Thee,
And let Thy gracious help be sent
In my perplexity;
But Thou art far away,
And I am filled with shame,
I cannot see Thy blessed face,
And fear to name Thy name.

And now a sense of guilt
Inspires me with dismay,—
I know that none on earth can take
That awful load away;
’Tis mine, the sin, ’tis mine,
And mine the guilt to bear,
The awful burden of the blame,
The cloud of dark despair.

Is there no balm to heal?
No pity that can bless?—
O God, Who art so far away,
Be near in my distress;
And heed the tears I shed,
And hear my woeful cry;
And since there is no hand to help,
Come Thou in mercy nigh.

’Twas then a voice I heard,—
It came in winning tone,
Across my night, from far away,
To where I prayed alone;
It told me of a love,
That sought me long ago,
And on the cross my burden bore,
Of sin, and guilt, and woe.

O blessed cross of Christ!
Thou hast my need supplied,
For there, upon thy outstretched arms
I see the Crucified;
And He has sin to bear,
That none can call His own,—
O Christ, the sin and guilt Thou bor’st,
Are mine, are mine, alone.

Hymns from the Morningland, 1911

Translator: John Brownlie

Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1857, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:— 1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >

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First Line: O God, in mercy hear, I lift my cry to Thee
Title: O God, in mercy hear
Translator: John Brownlie
Language: English



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Hymns of the Russian Church #83

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