1 The mighty God will not despise
The contrite heart for sacrifice;
The deep fetch'd sigh, the secret groan
Rises accepted to the throne.
2 He meets, with tokens of his grace,
The trembling lip, the blushing face;
His bowels yearn, when sinners pray,
And mercy bears their sins away.
3 When fill'd with grief, o'erwhelm'd with shame,
He, pitying, heals their broken frame;
He hears their sad complaints, and spies
His image in their weeping eyes.
4 Thus, what a rapturous joy possest
The tender parents throbbing breast,
To see his spendthrift son return,
And hear him his past follies mourn!
Source: Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns: collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians, recommended to the serious..(4th ed. improved) #S114
|First Line:||The mighty God will not despise|
|Author:||Benjamin Beddome (1769)|
|Source:||A Collection of Hymns Adapted to Public Worship by John Ash and Caleb Evans (Bristol, England: 1769); John Rippon, A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, 1787|