Scripture Verse

The publican…smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me, a sinner. Luke 18:13


Thomas Raffles

Words: Tho­mas Raf­fles, writ­ten Oc­to­ber 4, 1831, at Sea­combe, Eng­land.

Music: Av­on­dale (Ga­bri­el) Charles H. Ga­bri­el, 1901 (🔊 pdf nwc).

The Pharisee and the Publican
James Tissot


Lord, like the publican I stand,
And lift my heart to Thee;
Thy pardoning grace, O God, command,
Be merciful to me.

I smite upon my anxious breast,
O’erwhelmed with agony;
O save my soul by sin oppressed,
Be merciful to me.

My guilt, my shame, I all confess,
I have no hope nor plea
But Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
Be merciful to me.

Here at Thy cross I still would wait,
Nor from its shelter flee,
But Thou, O God, in mercy great,
Art merciful to me.