Scripture Verse

Jesus, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. Mark 10:47


John Newton

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 1, num­ber 95, alt.

Music: Bar­ran­quil­la George E. Ol­iv­er, in Ca­rols Old and Ca­rols New, by Charles L. Hut­chins (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Par­ish Choir, 1916), num­ber 263 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

George E. Oliver


Mercy, O Thou Son of David!
Thus blind Bartimeus prayed;
Others by Thy word are savèd,
Now to me afford Thine aid
Many for his cries rebuked him,
But he called the louder still;
Till the gracious Savior bid him,
Come, and ask Me what you will.

Money was not what he wanted,
Though by begging used to live;
But he asked, and Jesus granted
Alms, which none but He could give:
Lord, remove this grievous blindness,
Let my eyes behold the day
Strait he saw, and won by kindness,
Followed Jesus in the way.

O! methinks I hear him praising,
Publishing to all around,
Friends, is not my case amazing?
What a Savior I have found:
O! that all the blind but knew Him,
And would be advised by me!
Surely, would they hasten to Him,
He would cause them all to see.