Scripture Verse

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us.@Psalm 67:1

Words: John Tay­lor, in Se­lect­ion of Hymns for So­cial Wor­ship, by Will­iam En­field (Nor­wich, Eng­land: 1795), num­ber 149. The first verse in the text be­low was origin­al­ly the last verse. The 1795 text be­gan, God of mer­cy, God of love.

Music: Sey­mour from the op­e­ra Ob­er­on, by Carl M. von We­ber, 1826. Hen­ry W. Grea­tor­ex pub­lished it as a hymn tune in 1851 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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portrait
Carl M. von Weber
(1786–1826)

Lyrics

God of mercy! God of grace!
Hear our sad, repentant songs.
O restore Thy suppliant race,
Thou to whom our praise belongs!

Deep regret for follies past,
Talents wasted, time misspent;
Hearts debased by worldly cares,
Thankless for the blessings lent.

Foolish fears and fond desires,
Vain regrets for things as vain:
Lips too seldom taught to praise,
Oft to murmur and complain.

These, and every secret fault,
Filled with grief and shame, we own.
Humbled at Thy feet we lie,
Seeking pardon from Thy throne.