Scripture Verse

Give ear unto my voice when I cry unto Thee. Psalm 141:1


Gregory I (540–604)

Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Gre­go­ry I, 6th Cen­tu­ry (Au­di, be­nig­ne Con­di­tor). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Tho­mas A. La­cey in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1906), num­ber 66.

Music: Can­nons adapt­ed from George F. Han­del, cir­ca 1750 (🔊 pdf nwc).

George F. Handel (1685–1759)


O kind Cre­at­or, bend Thine ear
To mark the cry, to know the tear
Before Thy throne of mer­cy spent
In this Thy ho­ly fast of Lent.

Our hearts are op­en, Lord, to Thee;
Thou know­est our in­fir­mi­ty;
Pour out on all who seek Thy face
Abundance of Thy par­don­ing grace.

Our sins are ma­ny, this we know;
Spare us, good Lord, Thy mer­cy show;
And for the hon­or of Thy name
Our faint­ing souls to life re­claim.

Give us the self con­trol that springs
From dis­ci­pline of out­ward things,
That fast­ing in­ward sec­ret­ly
The soul may pure­ly dwell with Thee.

We pray Thee, Ho­ly Tri­ni­ty,
One God, un­chang­ing Un­ity,
That we from this our ab­sti­nence
May reap the fruits of pe­ni­tence.