Mercy's Free (What’s this that in my soul is rising?)

This is a hymn about God's mercy, inspired by Titus 3:6.

The author of this hymn is unknown: it was first published in Southern Harmony in 1835.

With meter 9,6,9,8,8,8,6, it is set to the tune MERCY'S FREE which was credited to Leonard P. Breedlove, 1858 in an apprendix that was added to the Sacred Harp in 1859. to


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Choir, unaccompanied:


What’s this that in my soul is rising?
Is it grace? Is it grace?
Which makes me keep for mercy crying,
Is it grace? Is it grace?
This work that’s in my soul begun,
It makes me strive all sin to shun,
It plants my soul beneath the sun,
Mercy’s free! Mercy’s free!

Great God of love, I can but wonder,
Mercy’s free! Mercy’s free!
Though I’ve no price at all to tender,
Mercy’s free, Mercy’s free!
Though mercy’s free, our God is just,
And if a soul should e’er be lost,
This will torment the sinner most;
Mercy’s free! Mercy’s free!

Swell, O swell the heavenly chorus,
Mercy's free! Mercy's free!
The devil's kingdom falls before us,
Mercy's free! Mercy's free!
Sinners, repent, inquire the road
That leads to glory and to God,
Come, wash in Christ's atoning blood,
Mercy's free! Mercy's free!

This truth through all our life shall cheer us,
Mercy’s free! Mercy’s free!
And through the vale of death shall bear us,
Mercy’s free! Mercy’s free!
And when to Jordan’s bank we come,
And cross the raging billows’ foam,
We’ll sing, when safely landed home:
Mercy’s free! Mercy’s free!

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