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Shew pity, Lord, O Lord, forgive,

PSALM LI. First Part.
A penitent pleading for pardon.

Poet: Isaac Watts, 1719
Meter: Long Meter (8,8,8,8)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
Shew pity, Lord, O Lord, forgive,
Let a repenting rebel live;
Are not thy mercies large and free?
May not a sinner trust in thee?

Cusseta 73t, Stanza 1

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My crimes are great, but not surpass
The power and glory of thy grace:
Great God, thy nature hath no bound,
So let thy pardíning love be found,

Cusseta 73t, Stanza 2

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O wash my soul from every sin,
And make my guilty conscience clean:
Here on my heart the burden lyes,
And past offences pain my eyes.

My lips with shame my sins confess
Against thy law, against thy grace;
Lord, should thy judgment grow severe,
I am condemníd but thou art clear.

Should sudden vengíance seize my breath,
I must pronounce thee just in death:
And if my soul were sent to hell,
Thy righteous law approves it well.

Yet save a trembling sinner Lord,
Whose hope still hovíring round thy word,
Would light on some sweet promise there,
Some sure support against despair.

Cusseta 73t, Stanza 3

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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.