Scripture Verse

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me. Matthew 25:40

Introduction

Words: Em­i­ly V. Clark, 1890. Ap­peared in The Hym­nal (Pro­test­ant Epis­co­pal Church), ed­it­ed by Ar­thur H. Mes­si­ter (New York: E. & J. B. Young, 1893), number 275.

Music: Hes­per­us Hen­ry Bak­er, 1854. First pub­lished in A Hym­nal for Use in the Eng­lish Church, by John Grey, 1866 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Clark or Bak­er (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

O God of mercy! hearken now:
Before Thy throne we humbly bow;
With heart and voice to Thee we cry
For all on earth who suffering lie.

We seek Thee where Thou dwell’st on high;
Beyond the glittering, starry sky:
We find Thee where Thou dwell’st below
Beside the beds of want and woe.

Be ours the hearts and hands to bless
The sorrowing sons of wretchedness;
Send Thou the help we cannot give;
Bid dying souls arise and live.

Oh, let the healing waters spring,
Touched by Thy pitying angel’s wing;
With quickening power new strength impart
To palsied will, to withered heart.

Where poverty in pain must lie,
Where little suffering children cry,
Bid us haste forth as called by Thee,
And in Thy poor, Thyself to see.

Be Thou, O God eternal, blest!
Thy holy name on earth confessed!
Echo Thy praise from every shore
Forever and for evermore.