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O HOW SHALL I APPEAR




When, rising from the bed of death,
o'erwhelmed with guilt and fear,
I see my Maker face to face,
O how shall I appear?


If now, while pardon may be found,
and mercy may be sought,
my heart with inward horror shrinks,
and trembles at the thought;


When thou, O Lord, shalt stand disclosed
in majesty severe,
and sit in judgement on my soul,
O how shall I appear?


But thou hast told the troubled mind
who does her sins lament,
the timely tribute of her tears
shall endless woes prevent.


Then, see the sorrow, gracious Lord!
Let mercy set me free;
While in the confidence of prayer,
My heart takes hold of thee.


For never shall my soul despair
Thy mercy to procure,
Since thy belovéd Son has died
To make that mercy sure.


But there’s forgiveness, Lord, with thee;
Thy nature is benign:
Thy pardoning mercy I implore,
For mercy, Lord, is thine.


O let thy boundless mercy shine
On my benighted soul!
Correct my passions, mend my heart,
And all my fears control.


And may I taste thy richer grace,
In that decisive hour
When Christ to judgement shall descend,
And time shall be no more.


---Alternative verses---


Prepare me. Lord, to meet that day,
Ere yet it be. too late,
When I shall view these solemn scenes.
And feel their awful weight.


If yet, while pardon may be found,
and mercy may be sought,
my heart with inward horror shrinks,
and trembles at the thought;


O may my broken, contrite heart
Timely my sins lament,
And early with repentant tears
Eternal woe prevent.


Behold the sorrows of my heart,
ere yet it be too late;
and hear my Saviour's dying groans,
to give these sorrows weight.


Then see the sorrow of my heart,
ere yet it be too late;
and hear my Saviour's dying groans,
to give these sorrows weight.


For never shall my soul despair
her pardon to secure,
who knows thine only Son has died
to make that pardon sure.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1712-10-18
      Bible Refs: 1 Jn 2:28;
      MUSIC
      Name: MEAR
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates:
        SCORE PREVIEW
        score
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        8 6 8 6 D (D.C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 D (D.C.M.)

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