Friday, March 30, 2007

Lent: Day 33

Out of the Depths I Cry to Thee

Text: Martin Luther, 1523, Eng. tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1863
Tune: AUS TIEFER NOT, Martin Luther, 1524

Out of the depths I cry to Thee;
Lord, hear me, I implore Thee!
Bend down Thy gracious ear to me;
I lay my sins before Thee.
If Thou rememberest each misdeed,
If each should have its rightful meed,
Who may abide Thy presence?

Thou grantest pardon through Thy love;
Thy grace alone availeth;
Our works could ne’er our guilt remove;
Yea, e’en the best life faileth.
For none may boast himself of aught,
But must confess Thy grace hath wrought
Whate’er in him is worthy.

And thus my hope is in the Lord,
And not in my own merit;
I rest upon His faithful Word
To them of contrite spirit.
That He is merciful and just,
Here is my comfort and my trust;
His help I wait with patience.

I apologize for missing this morning's post. Thank you for reading and for sharing your comments. --Ps.


P.S. an after-thought said...

I've been enjoying your daily hymns. If "enjoying" is the right word, considering that they remind me of all that we are to contemplate during Lent.

I thought of you when we were singing a hymn at choir practice the other night. I'd sure like to share the words, at least, with you, but there is that copying issue.

Psalmist said...

Hi, P.S. Listen, a brief excerpt--the title and/or a line or two--is no problem. It's possible I know the hymn, or I could at least look it up and have the shared blessing.

So TELL! (lol)

P.S. an after-thought said...

The title is the same as an old favorite, but it isn't the same tune or words.

It is
O sacred Head, Now Wounded Words by Paul Gerhardt, music by Ralph Manuel
Brookfield Press
Hal Leonard Corporation

Based on a medieval Latin Poem
English by James W. Alexander

You can email me privately if there is another way to let you know about this, such as a (hush) scan. I'm pretty sure that my blog lists my email.

Psalmist said...

I don't know that one, but I'll be sure to get a sample copy next time I order/visit Pepper. Thanks for the pointer!