1 With kind compassion hear my cry,
O Jesus, Lord of life on high!
And on thy servant's drooping head,
The dews of blessing sweetly shed.
2 Change all my sad complaints to ease,
To cheerful notes of endless praise;
A sense of pardoning favor give,
And raise my mind and bid me live.
3 My fears of danger while I breathe,
My dread of endless hell beneath,
My sense of sorrow for my sin,
To springing comfort change within.
4 Be not to me a judge severe,
For so thy presence who can bear?
But oh, regard my mournful cry,
And look with mercy's gracious eye.
5 Then grant, O Lord, that I may burn
To make my Savior some return,
And be my heart inspired to rise,
On wings of love to yonder skies.
6 Lead me with joy to bear my cross,
Despising every grief and loss,
Since thou despising shame and pain,
Stretched on the bloody cross was slain.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799