Scripture Verse

Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us. Psalm 33:22


Words: Ma­ry A. Side­bo­tham, 1881.

Music: Ringe recht Jo­hann Thom­men, Er­bau­lich­er Mu­sic­al­isch­er Chris­ten-Schatz (Ba­sel, Swit­zer­land: Da­ni­el Eck­en­stein, 1745) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Lord, Thy mercy now entreating,
Low before Thy throne we fall;
Our misdeeds to Thee confessing,
On Thy name we humbly call.

Sinful thought and words unloving,
Rise against us one by one;
Acts unworthy, deeds unthinking,
Good that we have left undone.

Hearts that far from Thee were straying,
While in prayer we bowed the knee;
Lips that, while Thy praises sounding,
Lifted not the soul to Thee.

Precious moments idly wasted,
Precious hours in folly spent;
Christian vow and fight unheeded;
Scarce a thought to wisdom lent.

Lord, Thy mercy still entreating,
We with shame our sin would own;
From henceforth, the time redeeming,
May we live to Thee alone.