With Broken Heart and Contrite Sigh

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Melody - "St. Luke", Jeremiah Clarke, 1707; Seq. by Richard Jordan
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Cornelius Elven, 1852

With broken heart and contrite sigh,
A trembling sinner, Lord, I cry.
Thy pardoning grace is rich and free,
O God, be merciful to me!

2. I smite upon my troubled breast,
With deep and conscious guilt opprest:
Christ and His cross my only plea,
O God, be merciful to me!

3. Far off I stand with tearful eyes
Nor dare uplift them to the skies;
But Thou dost all my anguish see,
O God, be merciful to me!

4. Nor alms nor deeds that I have done
Can for a single sin atone.
To Calvary alone I flee,
O God, be merciful to me!

5. And when, redeemed from sin and hell,
With all the ransomed throng I dwell,
My raptured song shall ever be,
O God, be merciful to me!

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