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O thou that hear’st when sinners cry,

PSALM. LI. Third Part.
The Backslider restored;
or, Repentance and Faith in the Blood of Christ.

Poet: Isaac Watts, 1719
Meter: Long Meter (8,8,8,8)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
1
O thou that hear’st when sinners cry,
Tho’ all my crimes before thee lye,
Behold them not with angry look,
But blot their mem’ry from thy book.



Supplication 45b, Stanza 1
2
Create my nature pure within,
And form my soul averse to sin;
Let thy good Spirit ne’er depart,
Nor hide thy presence from my heart.



Supplication 45b, Stanza 2
3
I cannot live without thy light,
Cast out and banish’d from thy sight;
Thine holy joys, my God, restore,
And guard me that I fall no more.



Supplication 45b, Stanza 3
4
Tho’ I have griev’d thy Spirit, Lord,
His help and comfort still afford:
And let a wretch come near thy throne
To plead the merits of thy Son.



5
A broken heart, my God, my King,
Is all the sacrifice I bring;
The God of grace will ne’er despise
A broken heart for sacrifice.



6
My soul lyes humbled in the dust,
And owns thy dreadful sentence just;
Look down, O Lord, with pitying eye,
And save the soul condemn’d to die.



7
Then will I teach the world thy ways;
Sinners shall learn thy sov’reign grace;
I’ll lead them to my Saviour’s blood,
And they shall praise a pard’ning God.



8
O may thy love inspire my tongue!
Salvation shall be all my song;
And all my pow’rs shall join to bless
The Lord, my strength and righteousness.




Watts, Isaac. The Psalms of David: Imitated in the Language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian State and Worship. 22nd ed. London: T. Longman et. al., 1769.