Scripture Verse

Jesus, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. Mark 10:47

Introduction

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John Newton
(1725–1807)

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 1, num­ber 95, alt.

Music: Em­me­lar Hen­ry B. Ri­chards (1817–1885) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Mercy, O Thou Son of David!
Thus blind Bartimeus prayed;
Others by Thy word are savèd,
Now to me afford Thine aid;
Many for his cries rebuked him,
But he called the louder still;
Till the gracious Savior bid him,
Come, and ask Me what you will.

Money was not what he wanted,
Though by begging used to live;
But he asked, and Jesus granted
Alms, which none but He could give;
Lord, remove this grievous blindness,
Let me eyes behold the day
;
So he saw, and won by kindness,
Followed Jesus in the way.

Oh! methinks I hear him praising,
Publishing to all around;
Friends, is not my case amazing?
What a Savior I have found!
Oh, that all the blind but knew Him,
And would be advised by me!
Surely, would they hasten to Him,
He would cause them all to see.