Mercy and Pardon

Mercy and Pardon
translated by
Alice Lucas (1851-1935)

COME, let us bow and bend the knee,
And seek with souls contrite
And hearts uplifted, ceaselessly
God's mercy infinite.

All we like sheep have gone astray,
But He will hear us when we pray,
So that we yet may find to-day
Mercy and pardon.

For though our sins are numberless,
And daily we His law transgress,
Yet hope inspires the prayerful song :
"Unto the Lord our God belong
Mercy and pardon."

God's loving mercies far exceed
The measure of our sin :
Then let us seek them in our need,
Our shelter there to win.
For though the wrath of God be just,
Yet, bending humbly to the dust,
We still may gain, in loving trust,
Mercy and pardon.

Come, we will hasten penitent
To pray to Him Omniscient,
To raise again the prayerful song :
"Unto the Lord our God belong
Mercy and pardon."

Man cannot by his works alone
His load of guilt annul.
Let him with prayers besiege the throne
Of Heaven most merciful.
To those who seek Him earnestly,
In penitent humility,
The Lord our God will multiply
Mercy and pardon.

O'er heaven above, o'er earth below,
His wide extended blessings flow,
Then raise with joy the prayerful song :
"Yea to the Lord our God belong
Mercy and pardon."