Before Thee, God, Who Knowest All

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Melody - "Vater unser", from the Geistliche Lieder, Leipzig, 1539; Seq. by Richard Jordan
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Magnus B. Landstad, 1861

Before Thee, God, who knowest all,
With grief and shame I prostrate fall.
I see my sins against Thee, Lord,
The sins of thought, of deed, and word.
They press me sore; I cry to Thee:
O God, be merciful to me!
2. O Lord, my God, to Thee I pray:
Oh, cast me not in wrath away!
Let Thy good Spirit ne'er depart,
But let Him draw to Thee my heart
That truly penitent I be:
O God, be merciful to me!
3. O Jesus, let Thy precious blood
Be to my soul a cleansing flood.
Turn not, O Lord, Thy guest away,
But grant that justified I may
Go to my house at peace with Thee:
O God, be merciful to me!

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