Thy mercy, Lord, extend to me

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1 Thy Mercy, Lord, extend to me,
As thou wert ever kind;
Let me, oppress'd with Loads of guilt,
Thy wonted Mercy find:
Wash off my foul Offence,
And cleanse me from my Sin;
For I confess my Crime, and see
How very great my Guilt hath been.

2 Against thee, O my GOD, alone,
And only in thy Sight,
Have I transgress'd, and tho' condemn'd,
Must own thy Judgment right:
In Guilt each Part was form'd,
Of all this sinful Frame;
In Sin I was conceiv'd and born,
The hapless Heir of Guilt and Shame.

3 Yet thou, whose ever searching Eye,
Does inward Truth require,
In secret did'st with Wisdom's Laws
My tender Soul inspire.
With Hyssop purge me, LORD,
And so I clean shall be;
I shall with Snow in Whiteness vie,
When wahs'd and purify'd by thee.

4 Make me, O LORD, to hear with Joy,
Thy kind forgiving Voice;
That so the Bones which thou hast broke,
May with fresh Strength rejoice.
Blot out my crying Sins,
Nor me in Anger view;
Create in me a Heart that's clean,
A just and upright Mind renew.

Part II

5 Withdraw not thou thy Help, O LORD!
Nor cast me from thy Sight;
Nor let thy Holy Spirit take
Its everlasting Flight.
The Joy thy Favour gives,
Let me again obtain;
And thy free Spirit's firm Support,
My feeble fainting Soul sustain.

6 So I thy just and righteous Ways
To Sinners will impart;
Whilst my Advice shall wicked Men,
To thy just Laws convert.
My Guilt of Blood remove,
My Saviour and my GOD;
And my glad Tongue shall loudly tell,
Thy Truth and righteous Acts abroad.

7 Do thou, O LORD, unlock my Lips,
With Sorrow clos'd, and Shame;
So shall my Mouth thy wond'rous Praise,
To all the World proclaim.
Could Sacrifice atone,
Whole Flocks and Herds should die;
But on such Off'rings, LORD, thou do'st
Disdain to cast a gracious Eye.

8 A humble Spirit is alone,
By GOD most highly priz'd;
By him a contrite broken Heart,
Shall never be despis'd.
Let Sion ever be
Of thy good Will assur'd;
Let thy own City flourish long,
By strong and lofty Walls secur'd.

9 'Tis there the Righteous shall attend,
And pleasing Tribute pay;
And Sacrifice of choicest Kind,
Upon thy Altar lay.

Source: The Psalms of David: with the Ten Commandments, Creed, Lord's Prayer, &c. in metre...for the use of the Reformed Protestant Dutch church of the city of New York #LI

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First Line: Thy mercy, Lord, extend to me
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Louis Bourgeois (PHH 3) composed or adapted this tune for Psalm 42 for the Genevan psalter. The 1564 harmonization by Claude Goudimel (PHH 6) originally placed the melody in the tenor. An alternate harmonization with descants by Johann Crüger (PHH 42) can be found opposite 41 in the Psalter Hymnal.…

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