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From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee

" From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee"

by Dr. Martin Luther, 1483-1546

Text From:


(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942), pp. 234-235


From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee

1. From depths of woe I cry to Thee,

Lord, hear me, I implore Thee.

Bend down Thy gracious ear to me,

My prayer let come before Thee.

If Thou rememberest each misdeed,

If each should have its rightful meed,

Who may abide Thy presence?

2. Thy love and grace alone avail

To blot out my transgression;

The best and holiest deeds must 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.

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.

4. And though it tarry till the night

And till the morning waken,

My heart shall never doubt His might

Nor count itself forsaken.

Do thus, O ye of Israel's seed,

Ye of the Spirit born indeed;

Wait for your God's appearing.

5. Though great our sins and sore our woes,

His grace much more aboundeth;

His helping love no limit knows,

Our utmost need it soundeth.

Our shepherd good and true is He,

Who will at last His Israel free

From all their sin and sorrow.



329 from The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal

Text: Ps. 130

Author: Martin Luther

Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt.

Titled: Aus tiefer Not schrei' ich zu dir

Tune: Aus tiefer Not

1st Published in: Johann Walther's "Gesangbuechlein"

Town: Wittenberg, 1524