1 O kind Creator, bend thine ear
To mark the cry, to know the tear
Before thy throne of mercy spent
In this thy holy fast of Lent.
2 Our hearts are open, Lord, to thee;
Thou knowest our infirmity;
Pour out on all who seek thy face
Abundance of thy pardoning grace.
3 Our sins are many, this we know;
Spare us, good Lord, thy mercy show;
And for the honour of thy name
Our fainting souls to life reclaim.
4 Give us the self-control that springs
From discipline of outward things,
That fasting inward secretly
The soul may purely dwell with thee.
5 We pray thee, Holy Trinity,
One God, unchanging Unity,
That we from this our abstinence
May reap the fruits of penitence. Amen.
Source: The New English Hymnal #60a
|First Line:||O kind Creator, bow thine ear|
|Title:||O Kind Creator, Bow Thine Ear|
|Latin Title:||Audi, benigne Conditor|
|Translator:||T. A. Lacey|
|Author:||Gregory the Great|
|Source:||Translation in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 66|