Mercy, O thou son of David

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This is an hymn by John Newton, 1779, in Olney Hymns, hymn 95. Meter is 87. 87. D; stanzas are often divided in half. Newton wrote three eight-line stanzas; another eight-line stanza was added after about 1799, mostly used by American writers and compilers of hymnbooks.

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John Newton's original three stanzas (1779)

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Mercy, O thou Son of David!
Thus blind Bartimeus prayed;
Others by thy word are saved,
Now to me afford thine aid:
Many for his crying chid him,
But he called the louder still;
Till the gracious Savior bid him
“Come, and ask me what you will.”


Money was not what he wanted,
Though by begging used to live;
But he asked, and Jesus granted
Alms, which none but he could give:
Lord, remove this grievous blindness,
Let my eyes behold the day;
Strait he saw, and won by kindness,
Followed Jesus in the way.


O! methinks I hear him praising,
Publishing to all around;
“Friends, is not my case amazing?
What a Savior I have found:
O! that all the blind but knew him,
And would be advised by me!
Surely, would they hasten to him,
He would cause them all to see.”

Additional stanza by unknown author, after 1799

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Now I freely leave my garments,
Follow Jesus in the way;
He will guide me by his counsel;
Lead me to eternal day:
There I shall behold my Saviour,
Spotless, innocent, and pure;
And with him shall reign forever,
If I to the end endure.

Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1800)


Now I gladly leave my garments
Follow Jesus in the way;
He'll direct me by his counsel,
Bring me to eternal day:
There I shall behold my Saviour,
Spotless, innocent, and pure;
There with him to reign forever
For his promises are sure.

Benjamin Lloyd, Primitive Hymns (1841)


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