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Show pity, Lord: for we are frail and faint

Show pity, Lord: for we are frail and faint

Author: David Thomas (1874)
Published in 6 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 Show pity, Lord, for we are frail and faint;
We fade away, O list to our complaint;
We fade away like flowers in the sun,
We just begin, and then our work is done.

2 Show pity, Lord, our souls are sore distressed;
As troubled seas, our natures have no rest;
As troubled seas, that surging, beat the shore,
And throb and heave, ever and evermore.

3 Show pity, Lord, our grief is in our sin;
We would be cleansed, O make us pure within;
We would be cleansed, for this we cry to Thee;
Thy word of love can make the conscience free.

4 Show pity, Lord: Inspire our hearts with love;
That holy love which draws the soul above;
That holy love which makes us one with Thee,
And with Thy saints through all eternity.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9418

Author: David Thomas

Thomas, David, D.D., b. Feb. 1, 1813, editor of the Homilist, and for several years minister of the Congregational Church, Stockwell, prepared for that congregation The Biblical Liturgy, 1874, to which he contributed 26 original hymns, of which some two or three have passed into other compilations, including the tender "Shew pity, Lord, for we are frail and faint" (Divine Pity Desired), and "Jehovah, evermore the same" (The Immutability of God.). Died in Dec. 1894. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Show pity, Lord: for we are frail and faint
Author: David Thomas (1874)
Meter: D
Language: English




LANGRAN (also known as ST. AGNES) was composed by James Langran (b. London, England, 1835; d. London, 1909) and first published by Novello in a pamplet in 1861 as a setting for the hymn text "Abide with Me." Several other texts have also been set to the tune, which is one of Langran's best. Sing it…

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The Cyber Hymnal #9418
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