Scripture Verse

I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat.@Exodus 25:22

Introduction

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John Newton
(1725–1807)

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 3, num­ber 12. The ef­fort—in an­oth­er mea­sure.

Music: Bal­ler­ma Fran­çois H. Bar­thé­lé­mon (1741–1808), adapt­ed by Ro­bert Simp­son in A Se­lect­ion of Orig­in­al Sac­red Mu­sic, 1833 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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François H. Barthélémon
(1741–1808)

Lyrics

Approach, my soul, the mercy seat,
Where Jesus answers prayer;
There humbly fall before His feet,
For none can perish there.

Thy promise is my only plea,
With this I venture nigh;
Thou callest burdened souls to Thee,
And such, O Lord, am I.

Bowed down beneath a load of sin,
By Satan sorely pressed,
By war without and fears within,
I come to Thee for rest.

Be Thou my Shield and hiding Place,
That, sheltered by Thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,
And tell him Thou hast died!

O wondrous love! to bleed and die,
To bear the cross and shame,
That guilty sinners, such as I,
Might plead Thy gracious name.

Poor tempest tossèd soul, be still;
My promised grace receive
;
’Tis Jesus speaks—I must, I will,
I can, I do believe.