1. God of mercy and compassion,
look with pity upon me;
Father, let me call you 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 pain and torments,
and for all eternity.
3. By my sins I have abandon’d
right and claim to heaven above,
where the saints rejoice for ever,
in a boundless sea of love.
4. See our Saviour, bleeding, dying,
on the cross of Calvary;
to that cross my sins have nail’d him,
yet he bleeds and dies for me.