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The Beggar’s Prayer. Matt. 8. 2; Mark 1. 40

S. Medley         C.M.

1
A beggar poor, at mercy’s door,
Lies such a wretch as I;
Thou know’st my need is great indeed,
Lord, hear me when I cry.

2
With guilt beset, and deep in debt,
For pardon, Lord I pray;
O let thy love sufficient prove
To take my sins away.

3
A wicked heart is no small part
Of my distress and shame;
Let sovereign grace its crimes efface,
Through Jesus’ blessed name.

4
[My darkened mind, I daily find,
Is prone to go astray;
Lord, on it shine, with light divine,
And guide it in thy way.]

5
[My stubborn will opposes still
Thy wise and holy hand;
Thy Spirit send to make it bend
To thy supreme command.]

6
Affections wild, by sin defiled,
Oft hurry me away;
Lord, bring them home, nor let them roam
From Christ, the Living Way.

7
[A conscience hard does oft retard
My walk in holy peace;
Let it by thee made tender be,
And all its hardness cease.]

8
[My memory bad, but what is sad,
Can folly still retain;
O fill it, Lord, with thy sweet word,
And let it there remain.]

9
Before thy face I’ve told my case;
Lord, help, and mercy send;
Pity my soul, and make me whole,
And love me to the end.