Written by James John Cummins, this hymn is a sweet and musical litany, which appeared in his Poetical Meditations and Hymns, 1839, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, with the refrain, “By Thy mercy, 0 deliver us, Good Lord.” In 1819, it was reprinted in his Hymns, Meditations, and Other Poems in 18391. Enjoy the below version 🙂
Jesus, Lord of life and glory,
bend from heav’n thy gracious ear;
while our waiting souls adore thee,
Friend of helpless sinners, hear:
By thy mercy, O deliver us, good Lord.
From the depth of nature’s blindness,
from the hard’ning pow’r of sin,
from all malice and unkindness,
from the pride that lurks within.
When temptation sorely presses,
In the day of Satan’s pow’r,
In our times of deep distresses,
In each dark and trying hour.
When the world around is smiling,
in the time of wealth and ease,
earthly joys our hearts beguiling,
in the day of health and peace.
In our weary hours of sickness,
in our times of grief and pain,
when we feel our mortal weakness,
when the creature’s help is vain.
In the solemn hour of dying,
in the awful Judgment Day,
may our souls, on thee relying,
find thee still our rock and stay: