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Have mercy Lord on me I pray for man

Have mercy, Lord, on me, I pray,
for man would me devour;
He fighteth with me day by day,
and troubleth me each hour.

My foes do daily enterprise
to swallow me outright;
To fight against me many rise,
O thou Most High of might.

When they would make me sore afraid
with boasts and brags of pride,
I trust in thee alone for aid,
by thee 1 will abide.

God's promise I do mind and praise,
Lord, I stick to thee;
I do not care at all essays
what flesh can do to me.

What things I either did or spake,
they wrest them at their will;
And all the counsel that they take
is how to work me ill:

They all consent themselves to hide,
close watch for me to lay;
They spy my paths, and snares have tried
to take my life away.

Shall they escape, on mischief set
thou, God, on them wilt frown;
For in thy wrath thou dost not let
to throw whole kingdoms down.

Thou seest how oft they made me flee,
and on my tears dost look;
Reserve them in a glass by thee,
and write them in thy book.

When I do call upon thy Name,
my foes away do start;
I well perceive it by the same
that God doth take my part.

I glory in the word of God,
to praise it I accord,
With joy I will declare abroad
the promise of the Lord.

I trust in God the Lord, and say,
as I before began,
The Lord he is my help and stay,
I do not care for man.

I will perform with heart most free
my vows to God always,
And I, O Lord, all times to thee
will offer, thanks and praise.

My soul from death thou dost defend,
and keepst my feet upright;
That I before thee may ascend
with such as live in light.

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Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1562,1812
      Bible Refs: Ps 56;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1812# 56
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