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“Mercy, O thou Son of David!”

Bartimeus. Mark Chap. x. 47, 48.

Poet: John Newton, 1779
Meter: 8s,7s Double (8,7,8,7,8,7,8,7)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
“Mercy, O thou Son of David!”
Thus blind Bartimeus pray’d;
“Other by thy word are saved,
Now to me afford thine aid:”
Many for his crying chid him,
But he call’d the louder still;
Till the gracious Saviour bid him
“Come, and ask me what you will.”

Charlestown 52b, Stanzas 1 & 2
Villulia 56b (Lines 1, 2, 3, & 4), Stanza 1

Prayer of Bartimeus (Charlestown) 52b, Stanzas 1 & 2
Money was not what he wanted,
Tho’ by begging us’d to live;
But he ask’d, and Jesus granted
Alms, which none but he could give:
“Lord, remove this grievous blindness,
Let my eyes behold the day;”
Straight he saw, and, won by kindness,
Follow’d Jesus in the way.

Villulia 56b, Stanzas 2 & 3

Oh! methinks I hear him praising,
Publishing to all around,
“Friends, is not my case amazing?
What a Saviour I have found:
Oh! that all the blind but knew him,
And would be advis’d by me!
Surely, they would hasten to him,
He would cause them all to see.”

Newton, John, and William Cowper Olney Hymns in Three Books. 6th ed. London: J. Johnson, 1797.