God of Mercy and Compassion

This is a Lenten hymn about God's mercy.

It was written by English Roman Catholic (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.



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

Church choir from Singapore with light piano backing

Soloist and choir, with orchestra - concert performance:

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Instrumental - piano


God 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.

ABC Notation

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
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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  1. There is also a tune to this hymn by Henri F Hémy in his Crown of Jesus Hymnbook (1864) but certainly not as beautiful as the melody we now sing to this hymn

  2. A hymn for prayers and sober reflection

  3. My best hymn for praying and meditating

  4. I'm not a Catholic but I love this song

  5. This is hymn of forgiveness. I really like within my heart.

  6. God have Mercy and forgive me all my sins in Jesus name Amen

  7. A hymn of prayer and forgiveness of oneself that touches the heart and soul. I really love it

  8. i so much love this song, pls how can i get the song

  9. Say this prayer once It's 3 o'clock wether noon or mid night An our of mercy it is indeed. God bless you all.

  10. This song brings me closer to God.... Every time my spirit sing, i can't help but shed tears. Lord help me to do right. Amen!