Be merciful, O God, to me

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This is an hymn by Charles Wesley, 1743, from Collection of Psalms and Hymns, Hymn 9. Meter is 88. 88. 88.

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1. Be merciful, O God, to me,
To me who in thy love confide;
To thy protecting love I flee,
Beneath thy wings my soul I hide,
Till Satan’s tyranny is o’er,
And cruel sin subsists no more.

2. To God will I in trouble cry,
Who freely undertakes my cause,
My God most merciful, most high,
Shall save me from the lion’s jaws;
Destroy him, ready to devour,
With all his works, and all his power.

3. The Lord out of his holy place
His mercy and his truth shall send:
Jesus is full of truth and grace,
Jesus shall still my soul defend;
While in the toils of hell I lye,
And from the den of lions cry.

 

4. Among the sons of men I dwell,
Fierce as the wildest beasts of prey,
Inflamed with rage like fiends in hell,
My soul they seek to tear and slay:
As spears their teeth, as darts their words,
Their double tongues are two-edged swords.

5. Be thou exalted, Lord, above
The highest names in earth and heaven,
Let angels sing thy glorious love,
And bless the name, to sinners given,
All earth and heaven their King proclaim;
Bow every knee to Jesus’ name.

6. To thee let all my foes submit,
Who hunt, and bow my spirit down;
Themselves shall fall into their pit,
Who seek my death ensure their own;
Satan and sin their doom shall have,
And sink into th’ infernal grave.

 

7. My heart is fixed, O God, my heart
Is fixed to triumph in thy grace
(Awake my lute, and bear thy part,)
My glory is to sing thy praise,
Till of thy nature I partake,
And bright in all thine image wake.

8. Thee will I praise among thine own;
Thee will I to the world extol,
And make thy truth and goodness known;
Thy goodness, Lord, is over all,
Thy truth and grace the heavens transcend,
Thy faithful mercies never end.

9. Be thou exalted, Lord, above
The highest names in earth or heaven,
Let angels sing thy glorious love,
And bless the name to sinners given,
All earth and heaven their King proclaim;
Bow every knee to Jesus’ name!

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