Scripture Verse

O Lord, have mercy upon us. Psalm 123:3


John Brownlie (1857–1925)

Words: Un­known au­thor, in the Greek Of­fices (Κύριε ἐλέησον, Ἀντιλαβοῦ, αῶσον, ἐλέησον). Trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by John Brown­lie, Hymns of the Greek Church, 1900.

Music: Old­bridge Ro­bert N. Quaile, 1903 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Quaile (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


God of all grace, Thy mer­cy send;
Let Thy pro­tect­ing arm de­fend;
Save us and keep us to the end:
Have mer­cy, Lord.

And through the com­ing hours of night,
Fill us, we pray, with ho­ly light;
Keep us all sin­less in Thy sight:
Grant this, O Lord.

May some bright mes­sen­ger abide
For ev­er by Thy ser­vants’ side,
A faith­ful guard­ian and our guide:
Grant this, O Lord.

From ev­ery sin in mer­cy free,
Let heart and con­science stain­less be;
That we may live hence­forth for Thee:
Grant this, O Lord.

We would not be by care op­prest;
But in Thy love and wis­dom rest;
Give what Thou seest to be best:
Grant this, O Lord.

While we of ev­ery sin re­pent,
Let our re­main­ing years be spent
In ho­liness and sweet con­tent:
Grant this, O Lord.

And when the end of life is near,
May we, un­shamed and void of fear,
Wait for the judg­ment to ap­pear:
Grant this, O Lord.