1 O God of mercies, Father mine,
Drawn by Thy boundless love divine,
I come to Thee, a wayward child,
Bowed down by guilt, with sin defiled.
Relieve my burdened heart, I pray,
Dear Father, cast me not away.
In deep contrition I implore,
Remember Thou my sin no more.
Have mercy, Lord! Have mercy, Lord!
2 My blest Redeemer, Thy dear Son,
On Calvary my ransom won.
The Friend of sinners died for me,
To reconcile me unto Thee.
The curse of Law for me He bore.
For His dear sake, My God, restore
Salvation's holy joy to me.
Hark to a contrite sinner's plea:
Forgive me, Lord! Forgive me, Lord!
3 Thy Holy Spirit, through Thy word,
Assures me of Thy grace, dear Lord.
My risen High Priest intercedes,
His holy blood for pardon pleads.
Wash Thou me in that crimson flow,
And I shall be as white as snow.
Remove my sin-stained carnal dress,
Grant me Christ's robe of righteousness.
O cleanse me, Lord! O cleanse me, Lord!
4 Thy loving-kindness I shall praise,
O gracious Lord, through all my days.
Grant Thou me grace, while here I live,
In true compassion to forgive,
And unto erring brethren show
The love Thou didst on me bestow
Till, glorified by grace, my God,
In realms on high Thy Name I laud