Shew mercy, Lord, to me, for man

Show mercy, Lord, for me, for man

Tune: SONG 67
Published in 4 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Shew mercy, Lord, to me, for man
would swallow me outright;
he me oppresseth, while he doth
against me daily fight.
2 All day they would me swallow up
who hate me spitefully;
for they be many that do fight
against me, O Most High.

3 When I’m afraid I’ll trust in thee:
4 in God I’ll praise his word;
I will not fear what flesh can do,
my trust is in the Lord.
5 All day they wrest my words; their thoughts
’gainst me are all for ill.
6 They meet, they lurk, they mark my steps,
waiting; my soul to kill.

7 But shall they by iniquity
escape thy judgments so?
O God, with indignation down
do thou the people throw.
8 Thou tellest all my wanderings,
not one dost overlook;
into thy bottle put my tears:
are they not in thy book?

9 My foes shall, when I cry, turn back;
I know God is for me.
10 In God his word I’ll praise; his word
in God shall praised be.
11 In God I trust; I will not fear
what man can do to me.
12 Thy vows upon me are, O God:
I’ll render praise to thee.

13 Thou, who from death didst save my soul,
my feet from falling free,
to walk before God in the light
of those that living be.

Source: The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #P56

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First Line: Show mercy, Lord, for me, for man
Title: Shew mercy, Lord, to me, for man
Copyright: Public Domain



SONG 67 was published as a setting for Psalm 1 in Edmund Prys's Welsh Llyfr y Psalmau (1621). Erik Routley (PHH 31) suggests that the tune should be ascribed to Prys. Orlando Gibbons (PHH 167) supplied a new bass line for the melody when it was published with a number of his own tunes in George With…

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The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #P56

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