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

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

Author (attributed to): John Stocker
Published in 89 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, through thy free goodness, my spirits revive,
And he that first made me, still keeps me alive.

3 Thy mercy surpasses the sin of my heart
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart,
Dissolved by thy goodness, I fall to the ground
And weep to the praise of the mercy I found.

4 The door of thy mercy stands open all day
to the needy and poor, who knock by the way;
No sinner shall ever be empty sent back,
Who comes seeking mercy for Jesus' dear sake.

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

6 Great Father of mercies, thy goodness I own,
And covenant love of thy crucified son:
All praise to the spirit, whose action divine
Seals mercy and pardon and righteousness mine.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

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
Author (attributed to): John Stocker
Language: English
Publication Date: 1776
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

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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A Choice Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of the Baptist Church and all lovers of song #371

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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #52

A Collection of Psalms and Hymns Suited to the Various Occasions of Public Worship #d328

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #182

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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #182

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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #182

A Collection of Sacred Hymns for the Church of Christ of the Latter-Day Saints #d96

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A Collection of Sacred Hymns, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #271

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A Collection of Sacred Hymns, for the Church of The Latter Day Saints. lst ed. #73

A Compilation of Genuine Church Music. 4th ed. #d297

A New and Beautiful Collection of Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d320

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A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #700

A Select Collection of Songs Designed for the Use of the Pious of Every Denomination #d30

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A Selection of Favorite Conference Hymns with Historical Sketches of Church History #41

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A Selection of Hymns & Psalms #22

A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d213

A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs from the Best Authors #d203

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #S.XXXIII

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #S.XXXIII

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #15

A Selection of Hymns, from the Best Authors, Designed as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d639

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors #d389

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d944

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Church Psalmist #21

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Church Psalmist #21

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Church Psalmist #21

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Dupuy's Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Rev. corr. and enl.) #S170

Evangelical Musick #d100

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Evangelical Musick #232

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #49

Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Selected and Original. 7th ed. #d446

Hymns for Conference Meetings and Private Devotions #d131

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Hymns of the Church Militant #477

Hymns of Zion #d214

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New Select Hymns #7

Our Favorite Hymnal #d325

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Parish Hymns #202

Primitive Baptist Hymn and Tune book #d370

Primitive Baptist Hymn Book for All Lovers of Sacred Song. 3rd ed. #d189

Primitive Baptist Hymnal #d333

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Public, Parlour, and Cottage Hymns. A New Selection #II.57

Revival and Camp Minstrel, containing the Best Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected #d341

Revival Hymns #d80

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Sacred lyrics, or Select hymns #69

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Seamen's Hymns #21

Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d622

Select Hymns #d453

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Select Hymns #6

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Social Psalmist #21

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Songs of Zion, Being a New Selection of Hymns, Designed for Revival and Social Meetings #19

Supplement to Watts #d429

The American Repository of Sacred Music #d157

The Baptist Harmony #d395

The Baptist Harmony #d406

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The Baptist Hymn Book #21

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The Baptist Hymn Book #B2

The Choice #S36

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The Choice #S36

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The Christian Harmonist #94

The Christian Harmony #d123

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The Cluster of Spiritual Songs, Divine Hymns and Sacred Poems #VII

The Good Old Songs #d563

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors #IX

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns #IX

The Millennial Harp #d465

The Pilgrim's Hymnal. #d207

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The Psalmist #S50

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #733

The Service of Song for Baptist Churches #d908

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The Social and Sabbath School Hymn-Book. (5th ed.) #247

The Vestry Hymn and Tune Book #d482

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The Vocal Companion #112

Union Prayer Meeting Hymns #d217

Union Prayer Meeting Hymns #d218

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Young Singer's Friend #a49

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