Scripture Verse

O Lord, rebuke me not in Thine anger, neither chasten me in Thy hot displeasure. Psalm 6:1

Introduction

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John Newton
1725–1807

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 1, num­ber 45, alt.

Music: Mait­land George N. All­en, in The Ob­er­lin So­cial and Sab­bath Hymn Book, 1844 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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George N. Allen
1812–1877

Lyrics

In mer­cy, not in wrath, re­buke
Thy fee­ble worm, my God!
My spi­rit dreads Thine an­gry look,
And trem­bles at Thy rod.

Have mer­cy, Lord, for I am weak,
Regard my hea­vy groans;
O let Thy voice of com­fort speak,
And heal my brok­en bones!

By day my busy beat­ing head
Is filled with anx­ious fears;
By night, up­on my rest­less bed,
I weep a flood of tears.

Thus de­so­late I sit and mourn,
Mine eyes grow dull with grief;
How long, my Lord, ere Thou re­turn,
And bring my soul re­lief?

O come and show Thy pow­er to save,
And spare my faint­ing breath;
For who can praise Thee in the grave,
Or sing Thy name in death?

Hear Sa­tan, cru­el and envious foe,
Insult me in my pain;
He smiles to see me brought so low,
And tells me hope is vain.

But hence, thou en­e­my, depart!
Nor tempt me to des­pair;
My Sav­ior comes to cheer my heart,
The Lord has heard my pray­er.