The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.@Psalm 34:18
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Cornelius Elven
(1797–1873)

Cor­nel­i­us El­ven, 1852.

Grace Church Ig­naz J. Pley­el, 1815 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ignaz J. Pleyel
(1757–1831)

With broken heart and contrite sigh,
A trembling sinner, Lord, I cry;
Thy pardoning grace is rich and free:
O God, be merciful to me.

I smite upon my troubled breast,
With deep and conscious guilt oppressed,
Christ and His cross my only plea:
O God, be merciful to me.

Far off I stand with tearful eyes,
Nor dare uplift them to the skies;
But Thou dost all my anguish see:
O God, be merciful to me.

Nor alms, nor deeds that I have done,
Can for a single sin atone;
To Calvary alone I flee:
O God, be merciful to me.

And when, redeemed from sin and hell,
With all the ransomed throng I dwell,
My raptured song shall ever be,
God has been merciful to me.