O God of mercy, God of might
O God of mercy, God of might,
in love and pity infinite,
teach us, as ever in thy sight,
to live our life to thee.
And thou, who cam'st on earth to die
that fallen man might live thereby,
O hear us, for to thee we cry,
in hope, O Lord, to thee.
Teach us the lesson thou hast taught,
to feel for those thy blood hath bought,
that every word and deed and thought
may work a work for thee.
For all are brethren, far and wide,
since thou, O Lord, for all hast died:
then teach us, whatsoe'er betide,
to love them all in thee.
In sickness, sorrow, want or care,
whate'er it be, 'tis ours to share;
may we, where help is needed, there
give help as unto thee.
And may thy Holy Spirit move
all those who live to live in love,
till thou shalt greet in heaven above
all those who give to thee.
Words: Godfrey Thring (1823-1903)
Meter: 88 86
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