Oh Merciful Creator, Hear Our Prayer

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1 Oh merciful Creator! Hear
Our prayer, to Thee devoutly bent,
Which we pour forth with many a tear
In this Thy holy fast of Lent!

2 Thou mildest searcher of the heart,
Who know’st the weakness of our strength,
To us forgiving grace impart,
That we may seek Thy face at length.

3 We all have sinned, we own our shame,
But spare us who our sins confess,
And for the glory of Thy name,
To our sick souls afford redress.

4 Grant that the flesh may be so pined,
By means of outward abstinence,
As that the sober watchful mind
May fast from spots of foul offense!

5 Grant this, O blessèd Trinity!
Pure Son of God! to this incline.
That of our fast the fruit may be
A grateful recompense for Thine!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10929

Author (attributed to): Gregory I, 6th century

Gregory I., St., Pope. Surnamed The Great. Was born at Rome about A.D. 540. His family was distinguished not only for its rank and social consideration, but for its piety and good works. His father, Gordianus, said to have been the grandson of Pope Felix II. or III., was a man of senatorial rank and great wealth; whilst his mother, Silvia, and her sisters-in-law, Tarsilla and Aemiliana, attained the distinction of canonization. Gregory made the best use of his advantages in circumstances and surroundings, so far as his education went. "A saint among saints," he was considered second to none in Rome in grammar, rhetoric, and logic. In early life, before his father's death, he became a member of the Senate; and soon after he was thirty and ac… Go to person page >

Translator: Drummond

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Text Information

First Line: Oh merciful Creator! Hear
Title: Oh Merciful Creator, Hear Our Prayer
Latin Title: Audi, Benigne Conditor
Author (attributed to): Gregory I, 6th century
Translator: Drummond (1619)
Source: Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Service of the Church Year by Reginald Heber (London: J. Murray, 1827)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Griffith Hugh Jones (b. Ty Du, Llanberis, Wales, 1849; d. Rhiwddolion, Wales, 1919) composed LLEF in memory of his brother, Rev. D. H. Jones, and the tune was first sung (prior to publication) at a Cymanfa, a Welsh song festival. LLEF was first published in David Jenkins's Gemau Mawl (1890). The hau…

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The Cyber Hymnal #10929
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