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5158. O Lord, Turn Not Thy Face from Me

1. O Lord, turn not Thy face from me,
Who lie in woeful state,
Lamenting all my sinful life
Before Thy mercy-gate.

2. A gate which opens wide to those
That do lament their sin;
Shut not that gate against me, Lord,
But let me enter in.

3. And call me not to strict account
How I have sojourned here;
For then my guilty conscience knows
How vile I shall appear.

4. So come I to Thy mercy gate,
Where mercy doth abound,
Requiring mercy for my sin
To heal my deadly wound.

5. Mercy, good Lord, mercy I ask;
This is my humble prayer;
For mercy, Lord is all my suit,
O let Thy mercy spare.

Text Information
First Line: O Lord, turn not Thy face from me
Title: O Lord, Turn Not Thy Face from Me
Author: John Marckant (1562)
Meter: CM
Language: English
Source: Old Version, 1562
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tune: SOUTHWOLD, Henry J. Gauntlett, 1852
Tune Information
Name: ST. MARY
Meter: CM
Incipit: 13211 76557 35435
Key: d minor
Source: Arranged from Prys' Welsh Psalter, 1621
Copyright: Public Domain

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