151 From deepest woe I cry to thee

The Hymnal 1982 151

From deepest woe I cry to thee

aus tiefer not
Martin Luther, 1483-1546; Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878
Martin Luther, 1483-1546; Johann Herman Schein, 1586-1630

1. From deepest woe 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 every sin, if nought but just reward we win, could we abide thy presence?

2. 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 themselves of aught, but must confess thy grace hath wrought whate'er in them is worthy.

3. 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.

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