Lord, have mercy when we pray

Lord, have mercy when we pray

Author: Henry Hart Milman
Published in 23 hymnals

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Lord, have mercy when we pray
Strength to seek a better way;
When our wakening thoughts begin
First to loathe their cherished sin;
When our weary spirits fail,
And our aching brows are pale;
Then Thy strengthening grace afford;
Then, O, then, have mercy, Lord!

Lord, have mercy when we know
First how vain this world below;
When its darker thoughts oppress,
Doubts perplex, and fears distress;
When the earliest gleam is given
Of the bright but distant heaven;
Then Thy strengthening grace afford;
Then, O, then, have mercy, Lord!



Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #204

Author: Henry Hart Milman

Milman, Henry Hart, D.D., the youngest son of Sir Francis Milman (who received his Baronetage as an eminent Court physician), was born Feb. 10th, 1791, and educated at Dr. Burney's at Greenwich, and subsequently at Eton. His career at B. N. C. Oxford, was brilliant. He took a first class in classics, and carried off the Newdigate, Latin Verse, Latin Essay, and English Essay. His Newdigate on the Apollo Belvedere, 1812, is styled by Dean Stanley "the most perfect of Oxford prize poems." His literary career for several years promised to be poetical. His tragedy Fazio was played at Covent Garden, Miss O'Neill acting Bianca. Samor was written in the year of his appointment to St. Mary's, Reading (1817); The Fall of Jerusalem (1820); Belshazzar… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord, have mercy when we pray
Author: Henry Hart Milman

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Lord, have mercy when we [pray] strive. H. H. Milman. [Lent.] First published in Bishop Heber's posthumous Hymns, &c, 1827, p. 94, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, with the refrain "Oh then, have mercy! Lord I" and repeated in the author's Psalms & Hymns, 1837. In addition to its use in its original form, it is also given in several collections as “Lord, have mercy when we pray" as in the People's Hymnal, 1867; and, with stanzas ii. and iii. transposed, in the 1869 Appendix to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns Because of its refrain it is sometimes regarded as a Metrical Litany.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #204Text
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #204Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #322Page Scan
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #386Page Scan
Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #583Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d366
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #541Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #586Page Scan
Hymn Book for Christian Worship #410Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #323Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #323Page Scan
Hymns for the Christian Church, for the Use of the First Church of Christ in Boston #224Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #559Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #559Page Scan
Hymns of the Christian Centuries #180Page Scan
Hymns of the Church Universal #245Page Scan
Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d362
Social Hymns and Tunes, for the Conference and Prayer Meeting, and the Home with services and prayers #259Page Scan
Songs of the Unity: a Selection of Lyrics for Public Worhip, with Tunes for Congregational Use #d114
The Gospel Psalmist #337Page Scan
The Saints' Harp #d510
The Saints' Hymnal #d170
The Tabernacle #d175



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