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131. O Jesus! Lord most merciful

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Anon.

James Hamilton, 1867

O Jesus! Lord most merciful,

Low at thy cross I lie;

O sinner's Friend, most pitiful,

Hear my bewailing cry.

I come to thee with mourning,

I come to thee in woe;

With contrite heart returning,

And tears that overflow.

O gracious Intercessor!

O Priest within the veil!

Plead, for a lost transgressor,

The blood that cannot fail.

I spread my sins before thee,

I tell them one by one;

O for thy Name's great glory,

Forgive all I have done!

O by thy cross and passion,

Thy tears and agony,

And crown of cruel fashion,

And death on Calvary;

By all that untold suffering

Endured by thee alone;

O Priest! O spotless Offering!

Plead for me and atone!

And in this heart now broken,

Reenter thou and reign;

And say, by that dear token,

I am absolved again;

And build me up, and guide me,

And guard me day by day;

And in thy presence hide me,

And keep my soul alway.

Amen.

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