Mercy, O thou Son of David

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1 "Mercy; oh thou Son of David!"
Thus blind Bartimeus prayed;
Others by thy word are saved,
Now to me afford thine aid.

2 Many for his crying chid him,
But be called the louder still;
Till the gracious Savior bid him,
"Come, and ask me what you will."

3 Money was not what he wanted,
Though by begging used to live;
But he asked and Jesus granted,
Alms, which only he could give.

4 "Lord remove this grievous blindness,
Let my eyes behold the day."
Straight he saw, and won by kindness,
Followed Jesus in the way.

5 Oh! methinks I hear him praising,
Publishing to all around;
"Friends is not my case amazing?
What a Savior I have found.

6 Oh! that all the blind but knew him,
And would be advised by me!
Surely would they hasten to him,
He would cause them all to see.

7 Now I freely leave my garment,
Follow Jesus in the way,
He will guide me by his counsel,
Bring me to eternal day."

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: John Newton

Newton, John, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. The religious fits of his boyhood changed into settled infidelity, through the study of Shaftesbury and… Go to person page >

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First Line: Mercy, O thou Son of David
Author: John Newton
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Language: English

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