In Mercy, Lord, This Grace Below   2 comments

Suthers Center

Above:  Suthers Center for Christian Outreach, Chamblee, Georgia, April 15, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (1969), Moravian Church in America

The Moravian Book of Worship (1995) contains a version of this hymn with modernized pronouns.

Stanza #1 by Anna Nitschmann (1715-1760); Translated by Frederick William Foster (1760-1835)

Stanza #2 by Henriette Luise von Hayn (1724-1782); Translated by an anonymous Moravian

According to Albert H. Frank, Companion to the Moravian Book of Worship (2004), North American Moravian hymnals from 1786 to 1969 attributed the text to Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760) inaccurately.  (My copies of the 1923 and 1969 Hymnal and Liturgies contain that attribution.)  Charles Adams corrected that error in Our Moravian Hymn Heritage (1984).


1.  In mercy, Lord, this grace bestow,

That in Thy service we may do

With gladness and a willing mind

Whatever is for us assigned.

2.  Grant we, impelled by Thy love,

In smallest things may faithful prove;

Till we depart, we wish to be

Devoted wholly unto Thee.

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