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“He frankly forgave them both.”  Luke 7. 41, 42

J. Hart                                C.M.

1
Mercy is welcome news indeed
To those that guilty stand;
Wretches that feel what help they need
Will bless the helping hand.

2
Who rightly would his alms dispose
Must give them to the poor.
None but the wounded patient knows
The comfort of his cure.

3
We all have sinned against our God;
Exception none can boast;
But he that feels the heaviest load
Will prize forgiveness most.

4
No reckoning can we rightly keep,
For who the sum can know?
Some souls are fifty pieces deep,
And some five hundred owe.

5
But let our debts be what they may,
However great or small,
As soon as we have nought to pay,
Our Lord forgives us all.

6
’Tis perfect poverty alone
That sets the soul at large;
While we can call one mite our own,
We have no full discharge.