The Mercy of God

Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song

Author (attributed to): John Stocker
Published in 92 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song;
The joy of my heart and the boast of my tongue:
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fast.

2 Without thy free mercy I could not live here;
Sin soon would reduce me to utter despair:
But, thro' thy free goodness, my spirits revive,
And he that first made me, still keeps me alive.

3 Whene'er I mistake, thy kind mercy begins
To melt me and then I can mourn for my sins;
And, led by the Spirit to Jesus's blood,
My sorrows are dry'd and my strength is renew'd.

4 Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart;
Dissolv'd by thy sun-shine, I fall to the ground
And weep to the praise of the mercy I found.

5 Thy mercy is endless, most tender and free;
No sinner need doubt, since 'tis given to me;
No merit will buy it, nor fears stop its course;
Good works are the fruits of its freeness and force.

6 Thy mercy in Jesus exempts me from hell;
Its glories I'll sing, and its wonders I'll tell;
'Twas Jesus my friend when he hung on the tree,
That open'd the channel of mercy for me.

7 Great Father of mercies, thy goodness I own,
And covenant love of thy crucified Son;
All praise to the Spirit whose witness divine
Seals mercy and pardon, and righteousness MINE.

Source: A New Selection of Hymns; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations, as a supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #49(94)

Author (attributed to): John Stocker

John Stocker, of Honitan, Devonshire. Contributed during 1776 and 1777 nine hymns to "Gospel Magazine" Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song
Title: The Mercy of God
Author (attributed to): John Stocker
Meter: 11.11.11.11
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

“J.S.” in The Gospel Magazine, March 1776, pp. 143-144.

“[Daniel] Sedgwick had no authority for saying that ‘J.S.’ was John Stocker; we have no authority for saying this is not so. There is no proof either way.” —John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, p. 1094.

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