Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth..No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Hebrews 12:6,11
Words: Paul B. Henkel, Church Hymn Book (New Market, Virginia: Solomon Henkel, 1816), number 157, alt. Note: The 1816 edition of this hymnal does not name the author. Paul Henkel’s son, Ambrose Henkel, identifies his father as the author by a double dagger symbol (‡) in the 1838 edition, page 440.
Music: Windsor Christopher Tye, 1533. Arranged in the Booke of Musicke, by William Daman, 1591 (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good picture of Tye (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), or a better one of Henkel,
Have mercy Lord, on us we pray,
Thy grace to us reveal;
O turn Thy plagues from us away
Tho’ we deserve them well.
Thy punishments are justly due,
And answer to our crimes!
And we are made to feel them too,
In these distressing times.
Lord, what destruction death has made,
How has it swept our towns;
So many numbered with the dead,
In neighboring places round.
Death visits us in all our homes,
And there makes his abode:
And hurries mortals to their tombs,
That sink beneath his load.
Well may we sorrow, weep and mourn,
And pray with all our heart:
That God in mercy may return,
And bid our plagues depart.