Scripture Verse

God be merciful to me a sinner. Luke 18:13

Introduction

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Jeremiah Clarke
ca. 1659–1707

Words: John S. B. Mon­sell, Spi­ri­tu­al Songs 1857.

Music: Tun­bridge Jer­e­mi­ah Clarke (cir­ca 1659–1707) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John S. B. Monsell
1811–1875

Lyrics

Sinful, sighing to be blest,
Bound, and longing to be free;
Weary, waiting for my rest:
God, be merciful to me.

Holiness I’ve none to plead,
Sinfulness is all I see,
I can only bring my need:
God, be merciful to me.

Broken heart and downcast eyes,
Dare not lift themselves to Thee;
Yet Thou canst interpret sighs:
God, be merciful to me.

From this sinful heart of mine
To Thy bosom I would flee;
I am not mine own, but Thine:
God, be merciful to me.

There is One beside Thy throne,
And my only hope and plea
Are in Him and Him alone:
God, be merciful to me.

He my cause will undertake,
My interpreter will be;
He’s my all, and for His sake,
God, be merciful to me.