O merciful creator, hear

O merciful creator, hear

Author: John Mason Neale
Tune: [O merciful creator, hear] (Ford)
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1. O merciful Creator, hear;
In tender pity bow Thine ear:
Accept the tearful prayer we raise
In this our fast of forty days.

2. Each heart is manifest to Thee;
Thou knowest our infirmity:
Repentant now we seek Thy face;
Impart to us Thy pardoning grace.

3. Our sins are manifold and sore,
But spare Thou them who sin deplore;
And for Thine own name’s sake make whole
The fainting and the weary soul.

4. Grant us to mortify each sense
By means of outward abstinence,
That so from every stain of sin
The soul may keep her fast within.

5. Blest Three in One, and One in Three
Almighty God, we pray to Thee,
That Thou wouldst now vouchsafe to bless
Our fast with fruits of righteousness.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5180

Author: John Mason Neale

Neale, John Mason, D.D., was born in Conduit Street, London, on Jan. 24, 1818. He inherited intellectual power on both sides: his father, the Rev. Cornelius Neale, having been Senior Wrangler, Second Chancellor's Medallist, and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and his mother being the daughter of John Mason Good, a man of considerable learning. Both father and mother are said to have been "very pronounced Evangelicals." The father died in 1823, and the boy's early training was entirely under the direction of his mother, his deep attachment for whom is shown by the fact that, not long before his death, he wrote of her as "a mother to whom I owe more than I can express." He was educated at Sherborne Grammar School, and was afterwards… Go to person page >

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First Line: O merciful creator, hear
Author: John Mason Neale


Audi, benigne Conditor. St. Gregory the Great. [Lent.] This hymn is given in St.Gregory's Works (see Migne's Patrologia, tom. 78, col. 849, 850.) In the Roman Breviary,1632 it occurs, almost unaltered, as the hymn at Vespers on the Saturday before the First Sunday in Lent, to the Saturday before Passion Sunday (the last exclusively), when the Ferial Office is said, Sundays included. In the Hymnarium Sarisburiense London, 1851, it is given as the hymn at Lauds on the First Sunday in Lent, and daily to the 3rd Sunday. In York and St. Alban’s, it is the hymn for the first four Saturdays in Lent and the following Sundays at Vespers. At Canterbury (from a manuscript at Lambeth, No. 538, of the 15th century, which states "these are the offices to the observance of which every monk of Christ Church, Canterbury, is held bound"), it is on Saturdays and Sundays, in Lent, at Vespero. [Rev. W. A. Shoults, B.D.]
Translations in common use:—

7. 0 Merciful Creator, hear, To us in pity, &c. This rendering in Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861 and 1875, Pott's Hymns, 1861, Church Hymns, 1871, &c, is a cento from the translations of Neale, Chambers, and others. It is said in the Index to Hymns Ancient & Modern to be by the " Rev. J. M. Neale, D.D., and Compilers: from the Latin." It seems from Mr. Ellerton's note in Church Hymns , that the Rev. F. Pott was one of those "Compilers," and that to him this arrangement is mainly due.

-- Excerpt from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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