O Merciful Creator Hear

O merciful Creator, hear;
In tender pity bow Thine ear:
Accept the tearful prayer we raise
In this our fast of forty days.

Each heart is manifest to Thee;
Thou knowest our infirmity:
Repentant now we seek Thy face;
Impart to us Thy pardoning grace.

Our sins are manifold and sore,
But spare Thou them who sin deplore;
And for Thine own Name’s sake make whole
The fainting and the weary soul.

Grant us to mortify each sense
By means of outward abstinence,
That so from every stain of sin
The soul may keep her fast within.

Blest Three in One, and One in Three
Almighty God, we pray to Thee,
That Thou wouldst now vouchsafe to bless
Our fast with fruits of righteousness.

Words: Pope St. Gregory the Great (I), 6th Century; tr. John Mason Neale, 19th Century.
Tune:Ford” Thomas Ford, 1614.

In the 1867 version of Hymns Ancient and Modern, the first verse is rendered thus (Alterations in italics):

O merciful Creator, hear;
To us in pity bow Thine ear:
Accept the tearful prayer we raise
In this our fast of forty days.

This translation is based off of the text of the hymn prior to Urban VIII’s 1632 revision of the Roman Breviary.
The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.

Here is a Gregorian chant version of this hymn.

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