The Irish Philharmonic Orchestra sings the Lenten hymn, God of Mercy and Compassion. From the double CD collection of ‘Classic religious anthems of Ireland.’
It’s a lovely, traditional French melody by 18th century Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, (1710-1736.)
Hymn – God of Mercy and Compassion,
God of mercy and compassion,
Look with pity upon me,
Father, let me call Thee Father,
‘Tis Thy child returns to Thee.
Jesus, Lord, I ask for mercy;
Let me not implore in vain;
All my sins, I now detest them,
Never will I sin again.
2. By my sins I have deserved
Death and endless misery,
Hell with all its pains and torments,
And for all eternity.
3. By my sins I have abandoned
Right and claim to heav’n above.
Where the saints rejoice forever
In a boundless sea of love.
4. See our Savior, bleeding, dying,
On the cross of Calvary;
To that cross my sins have nail’d Him,
Yet He bleeds and dies for me.
From the CD ‘Faith of Our Fathers — the 10th Anniversary’.