With broken heart and contrite sigh

With broken heart and contrite sigh,
A trembling sinner, Lord, I cry;
Thy pard'ning grace is rich and free:
  O God, be merciful to me!
I smite upon my troubled breast,
With deep and conscious guilt oppressed;
Christ and His cross my only plea:
  O God, be merciful to me!
Far off I stand with tearful eyes,
Nor dare uplift them to the skies;
But Thou dost all my anguish see,
  O God, be merciful to me!
With alms, or deeds that I have done,
Not one sin's pardon can be won;
To Calvary alone I flee;
  O God, be merciful to me!
And when redeemed from sin and hell,
With all the ransomed throng I dwell,
My raptured song shall ever be,
  God has been merciful to me!

God, please be merciful to me

Frank Akushie

Accra, Gar, Ghana

2. Lord heal Thy child we ask of Thee,

Cast out our ills that we be free,

Thy healing clay my ailments scourge,

Fountain of life my spirit purge.

Hymn poetry by Frank Akushie (c)2012.

Inspired by Luke 5: 20- 26, Luke 7: 22, Mark 8: 22- 25,Mark 9:17 - 27, John 5:5 -9.

Tune ALFTOR (c) by Frank Akushie

or tune VENI EMMANUEL 1854 (no refrain ) and suitable popular tune for MHB. 353, (Just as I am) can also be sang to these words.

I have written all verses in a manner that they can be sang to ALL tunes of " With broken heart and contrite sigh " .

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Cornelius Elven was a Baptist pastor for 50 years. He was a good friend of C. H. Spurgeon, who considered him to be a fervent preacher, filled with the Holy Spirit. He is known for this one gospel hymn which he wrote in 1852. - Songs of the Spirit by Martin


Stanza 4, 1st 2 lines are a little different in the original:

Nor alms, nor deeds that I have done,

Can for a single sin atone;