"With Broken Heart and Contrite Sigh"
                       by Cornelius Elven, 1791-1873
                                 Text From:
            (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)p.231

        1. 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!

Notes: Hymn #323 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Luke 18:13 Author: Cornelius Elven, 1852 Composer: Jeremiah Clarke, 1707 Tune: "St. Luke"
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