Scripture Verse

Have mercy upon me, O Lord. Psalm 6:2


Words: A New Ver­sion of the Psalms of Da­vid, by Na­hum Tate & Ni­cho­las Bra­dy, 1698.

Music: St. Bride Sam­uel How­ard, 1762 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Have mer­cy, Lord, on me,
As Thou wert ev­er kind;
Let me, op­pressed with loads of guilt,
Thy wont­ed mer­cy find.

Wash off my foul of­fense,
And cleanse me from my sin;
For I con­fess my crimes, and see
How great my guilt has been.

The joy Thy fa­vor gives
Let me again ob­tain,
And Thy free Spir­it’s firm sup­port
My faint­ing soul sus­tain.

To God the Fa­ther, Son,
And Spir­it glo­ry be,
As ’twas, and is, and shall be so
To all eter­ni­ty.