God of Mercy and Compassion

This Lenten hymn was written by English Redemptorist priest Edmund Vaughan (1827-1908) - who is incorrectly referred to as "Edward Vaughan" in some hymnals.

In the earliest publications, the hymn was set to various un-named tunes. Today it is most commonly set to the French tune AU SANG QU'UN DIEU - a traditional tune adapted by Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736).

An alternative set of lyrics by Michael Hodgetts has been published in some recent collections. ("God of mercy and compassion, Lord of life and blinding light / Truth insistent and demanding..").   These are copyright so not produced in full here, but are available on this website.



Downloads



Examples

Professionally produced, group of female singers with very light / strings backing:



Church choir from Singapore with light piano backing



Church choir from England, with organ.   Hymn starts at 0:39.



Instrumental - piano


Lyrics

God of mercy and compassion,
Look with pity upon me,
Father, let me call Thee Father,
'Tis Thy child returns to Thee.

Refrain:
Jesus, Lord, I ask for mercy;
Let me not implore in vain;
All my sins, I now detest them,
Never will I sin again.

By my sins I have deserved
Death and endless misery,
Hell with all its pains and torments,
And for all eternity.

By my sins I have abandoned
Right and claim to heav'n above.
Where the saints rejoice forever
In a boundless sea of love.

See our Saviour, bleeding, dying,
On the cross of Calvary;
To that cross my sins have nail'd Him,
Yet He bleeds and dies for me.

ABC Notation

X:1
T:God of Mercy and Compassion
C:Words: Edward Vaughan CSsR (1837-1908)
C:Music: AU SANG QU'UN DIEU- traditional French
Z:abc-transcription www.GodSongs.net ,
M:3/4
L:1/8
K:Em
GF | E2 G2 B B | A-G F2 G F | E2 G-F E ^D | E4 GF |
     E2 G2 B B | A-G F2 G F | E2 G-F E ^D | E4 G>A |
     B3 B c B  | B 2 A2 B A | G3 B A G    | G2-F2 G F |
     E2 G2 B B | A-G F2 G F | E2 G-F E ^D | E4 |]


Information about ABC notation

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