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Out of the depths I cry to thee, Lord God, oh hear my wailing!

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1 Out of the depths I cry to Thee,
Lord, God, O hear my wailing!
Thy gracious ear incline to me,
And make my prayer availing.
On my misdeeds in mercy look,
O deign to blot them from Thy book,
Or who can stand before Thee?

2 Thy sovereign grace and boundless love,
Make Thee, O Lord, forgiving;
My purest thoughts and deeds but prove
Sin in my heart is living:
None guiltless in Thy sight appear;
All who approach Thy throne must fear,
And humbly trust Thy mercy.

3 Thou canst be merciful while just,--
This is my hope's foundation;
On Thy redeeming grace I trust,
Grant me, then, thy salvation.
Shielded by Thee, I stand secure;
Thy word is firm, thy promise sure,
And I rely upon Thee.

4 Like those who watch the midnight's hour
To hail the dawning morrow,
I wait for Thee, I trust Thy power,
Unmoved by doubt or sorrow.
So let Thy Israel hope in Thee,
And he shall find Thy mercy free,
And Thy redemption plenteous.

5 Where'er the greatest sins abound,
By grace they are exceeded;
Thy helping hand is always found
With aid where aid is needed;
Thy hand, the only hand to save,
Will rescue Israel from the grave,
And pardon his transgression.

Source: The Lutheran Hymnary #273

Author: Martin Luther

Luther, Martin, born at Eisleben, Nov. 10, 1483; entered the University of Erfurt, 1501 (B.A. 1502, M.A.. 1503); became an Augustinian monk, 1505; ordained priest, 1507; appointed Professor at the University of Wittenberg, 1508, and in 1512 D.D.; published his 95 Theses, 1517; and burnt the Papal Bull which had condemned them, 1520; attended the Diet of Worms, 1521; translated the Bible into German, 1521-34; and died at Eisleben, Feb. 18, 1546. The details of his life and of his work as a reformer are accessible to English readers in a great variety of forms. Luther had a huge influence on German hymnody. i. Hymn Books. 1. Ellich cristlich lider Lobgesang un Psalm. Wittenberg, 1524. [Hamburg Library.] This contains 8 German h… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Out of the depths I cry to thee, Lord God, oh hear my wailing!
German Title: Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu Dir
Author: Martin Luther
Source: New Cong. H. B., tr.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1901
Copyright: Public Domain



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The Lutheran Hymnary #273

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