Tune: AUS TIEFER NOT

Composer: Martin Luther, 1524

Author: Martin Luther, 1524; trans. Catherine Winkworth, 1863

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VERSE 1:
From the depths of woe I cry to Thee
in trial and tribulation;
bend down Thy gracious ear to me;
Lord, hear my supplication;
If Thou rememb'rest every sin,
who then could heaven ever win,
or stand before Thy presence?

VERSE 2:
Thy love and grace alone a vail
to blot out my transgression;
the best and holiest deeds will fail
to break sin's dread oppression.
Before Thee none can boasting stand,
but all must fear Thy strict demand
and live alone by mercy.

VERSE 3:
Therefore my hope is in the Lord,
And not in mine own merit;
It rests upon His faithful word
to them of contrite spirit.
That He is merciful and just;
this is my comfort and my trust.
His help I wait with patience.

VERSE 4:
And though it tarry through the night,
And ’til the morning waken,
My heart shall never doubt His might,
Nor count itself forsaken.
Israel, trust in God your Lord!
Born of the Spirit and the Word,
now wait for His appearing.

VERSE 5:
Though great our sins,
yet greater still is God's abundant favor;
His hand of mercy
never will abandon us, nor waver.
Our Shepherd good and true is He,
Who will at last His people free
from all their sin and sorrow