Scripture Verse

Lord, be merciful unto me…for I have sinned against Thee. Psalm 41:4


Magnus B. Landstad

Words: Mag­nus B. Land­stad, 1861 (Jeg staar for Gud, som alt­ing ved). Trans­lat­ed from Nor­we­gian to Eng­lish by Carl Dø­ving, 1909.

Music: Va­ter un­ser Geist­liche Lied­er (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1539). Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach, 1726 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Johann S. Bach


Before Thee, God, who knowest all,
With grief and shame I prostrate fall,
I see my sins against Thee, Lord,
The sins of thought, of deed, and word.
They press me sore; I cry to Thee:
O God, be merciful to me!

O Lord, my God, to Thee I pray:
O cast me not in wrath away!
Let Thy good Spirit ne’er depart,
But let Him draw to Thee my heart
That truly penitent I be:
O God, be merciful to me!

O Jesus, let Thy precious blood
Be to my soul a cleansing flood.
Turn not, O Lord, Thy guest away,
But grant that justified I may
Go to my house at peace with Thee:
O God, be merciful to me!