O Lord, turn not thy face from me

O Lord, turn not thy face from me,
who lie in woeful state,
lamenting all my sinful life
before thy mercy gate;

A gate which opens wide to those
that do lament their sin;
shut not that gate against me, Lord,
but let me enter in.

So come I to thy mercy-gate,
where mercy doth abound,
requiring mercy for my sin
to heal my deadly wound.

Mercy, good Lord, mercy I ask;
this is the total sum;
for mercy, Lord, is all my suit,
Lord, let thy mercy come.

Words: John Marckant, 1561

Music: St. Mary, Bangor

Meter: CM

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