Scripture Verse

Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2


John Mason Neale


Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Gre­go­ry I (540–604) (Ec­ce tem­pus ido­ne­um). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John M. Neale & the com­pil­ers of Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern.

Music: Wei­mar Carl P. E. Bach, 1784 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Preserve Us, Lord med­ie­val tune (🔊 pdf nwc)
Carl P. E. Bach


Lo! now is our ac­cept­ed day,
The time for purg­ing sins away,
The sins of thought, and deed, and word,
That we have done against the Lord.

For He the mer­ci­ful and true
Hath spared His peo­ple hi­ther­to;
Not will­ing that the soul should die,
Though great its past ini­qui­ty.

Then let us all with ear­nest care,
And con­trite fast, and tear and pray­er,
And works of mer­cy and of love,
Entreat for par­don from above;

That He may all our sins ef­face,
Adorn us with the gifts of grace,
And join us to the an­gel band,
Forever in the heav­en­ly land.

Blest Three in One and One in Three,
Almighty God, we pray to Thee,
That Thou wouldst now vouch­safe to bless
Our fast with fruits of right­eous­ness.