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.
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
LyricsGod of mercy and compassion,
Look with pity upon me,
Father, let me call Thee Father,
'Tis Thy child returns to Thee.
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.
T:God of Mercy and Compassion
C:Words: Edward Vaughan CSsR (1837-1908)
C:Music: AU SANG QU'UN DIEU- traditional French
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 |]
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