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Forgive them O my Father They know not




“Forgive them, O my Father,
They know not what they do.”
The Savior spoke in anguish,
As sharp iron nails went through.


No word of anger spoke He
To them that shed His blood,
But prayer and tenderest pity
Large as the love of God.


For me was that compassion,
For me that tender care;
I need His wide forgiveness
As much as any there.


It was my pride and hardness
That hung Him on the tree;
Those cruel nails, O Savior,
Were driven in by me.


And often I have slighted
Thy gentle voice that said:
Forgive me too, Lord Jesus,
I knew not what I did.


O depth of sweet compassion!
O love divine and true!
Save thou the souls that slight Thee,
And know not what they do.


---Alternative verses---


No pain'd reproaches gave He
To them that shed His blood,
But prayer and tenderest pity
Large as the love of God.

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LYRICS
Meter: 7 6 7 6
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1875
      Bible Refs: Lk 23:34;
      MUSIC
      Name: VALET WILL ICH DIR GEBEN
      Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1613
        LIST OF MUSIC SOURCES
        Hymn/Song Book Song # Key
        # 151 No key
        # 106 No key
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        7 6 7 6
        7 6 7 6 D
        7 6 7 6 D
        7 6 7 6
        7 6 7 6
        7 6 7 6
        7 6 7 6

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