Enter not into judgment with Thy servant: for in Thy sight shall no man living be justified.@Psalm 143:2
John M. Neale (1818–1866)

Joseph the Hymnographer, circa 860 (Τῶν ἁμαρτῶν μου τὴν πληῦν); translated from Greek to English by John M. Neale, Hymns of the Eastern Church, 1862.

This is the opening line of a cento taken from a long Canon for the Monday of the First Tone in the Paracletice. It is virtually, as compiled by Dr. Neale, a new poem, representing neither the form nor the idea of the original.

Julian, p. 1181

St. Bride Samuel Howard, 1762 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Joseph the Hymnographer (?–883)

And wilt Thou pardon, Lord,
A sinner such as I,
Although Thy book his crimes record,
Of such a crimson dye?

So deep are they engraved,
So terrible their fear,
The righteous scarcely shall be saved,
And where shall I appear?

O Thou Physician blest,
Make clean my guilty soul
And me, by many a sin oppressed,
Restore and keep me whole.

I know not how to praise
Thy mercy and Thy love;
But deign my soul from earth to raise
And learn from Thee above.