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Have mercy Lord on me As Thou wert

Have mercy, Lord, on me,
as thou wert ever kind;
Let me, oppressed with loads of guilt,
thy wonted mercy find.

Wash off my foul offence,
and cleanse me from my sin;
For I confess my crime, and see
how great my guilt has been.

Against thee, Lord, alone,
and only in thy sight
Have I transgressed, and tho' condemned,
must own my juugments right.

In guilt each part was formed
of all this sinful frame;
In guilt I was conceived, and born
the heir of sin and shame.

Yet thou; whose searching eye
doth inward truth require,
In secret didst with wisdom's laws
my tender soul inspire.

With hyssop purge me, Lord,
and so I clean shall be;
I shall with snow in whiteness vie,
when purified by thee.

Make me to hear with joy
thy kind forgiving voice;
That so the bones which thou hast broke
may with fresh strength rejoice.

Blot out my crying sins,
nor me in anger view;
Create in me a heart that's clean,
an upright mind renew.

Withdraw not thou thy help,
Nor cast me from thy sight,
Nor let thy Holy Spirit take
Its everlasting flight.

The joy thy favor gives,
Let me again obtain;
And thy free Spirit's firm support
My fainting soul sustain.

To God the Father, Son,
And Spirit glory be,
As 'twas, and is, and shall be so
To all eternity.

---Alternative verses---

Have mercy, Lord, on me,
As thou wert ever kind ;
Let me, oppressed with loads of guilt,
Thy wonted pardon find.

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Meter: 6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
      Dates: 1698
      Bible Refs: Ps 51; Ps 51:1-10;
      Name: ST. BRIDE
      Meter: 6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
        Dates: 1762

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