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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.

Anna Nitschmann   1 comment

Moravian Logo

Above:  The Moravian Logo

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Anna Nitschmann (1715-1760) was an influential eldress in the Moravian Church and the second wife (1757-1760) of Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760).


Jesus, Thyself To Us Reveal:

We Pray Thee, Wounded Lamb of God:

In Mercy, Lord, This Grace Bestow:


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Adoration of the Lamb--Jan van Eyck

Above:  Adoration of the Lamb, by Jan van Eyck

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923), Moravian Church in America

Original German Words (1738) by Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760) and Anna Nitschmann (1715-1760)

English Translation (1740) by John Wesley (1703-1791)


1.  We pray Thee, wounded Lamb of God,

Cleanse us in Thy atoning blood;

Grant us, by faith, to view Thy Cross,

Then life of death is gain to us.

2.  Take our poor hearts, and let them be

For ever closet to all but Thee;

Seal Thou our breasts, and let us wear

That pledge of love for ever there.

3.  First-born of many brethren, Thou,

To Thee both earth and heaven must bow;

Help us to Thee our all to give,

Thine may we die, Thine may we live.