Therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you.@Isaiah 30:18
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Frederick W. Faber (1814–1863)

Frederick W. Faber, Jesus and Mary, second edition, 1852.

Isaiah (Barnby) Joseph Barnby, in Church Hymns with Tunes, edited by Arthur A. Sullivan (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1874), number 110 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Joseph Barnby (1838–1896)

Now are the days of humblest prayer,
When consciences to God lie bare,
And mercy most delights to spare.

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Oh hearken when we cry,
Chastise us with Thy fear;
Yet, Father! in the multitude
Of Thy compassions, hear!

Now is the season, wisely long,
Of sadder thought and graver song,
When ailing souls grow well and strong.

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The feast of penance! Oh so bright,
With true conversion’s heav’nly light,
Like sunrise after stormy night!

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Oh happy time of blessèd tears,
Of surer hopes, of chastening fears,
Undoing all our evil years.

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We, who have loved the world, must learn,
Upon that world our backs to turn,
And with the love God to burn.

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Vile creatures of such little worth!
Than we, there can be none on earth
More fallen from their Christian birth.

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Full long in sin’s dark ways we went,
Yet now our steps are heav’nward bent,
And grace is plentiful in Lent.

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All glory to redeeming grace,
Disdaining not our evil case,
But showing us our Savior’s face!

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