Have Mercy On Us, God Most High!

This is the full, original text from an 1852 edition of Fr. Faber’s hymnal Jesus and Mary. It is listed for The Most Holy Trinity in that hymnal.

Have mercy on us, God Most High!
Who lift our hearts to Thee;
Have mercy on us worms of earth,
Most Holy Trinity!

Most ancient of all mysteries!
Before Thy throne we lie;
Have mercy now, most merciful,
Most Holy Trinity!

When Heaven and earth were yet unmade,
When time was yet unknown,
Thou in Thy bliss and majesty
Didst live and love alone!

Thou wert not born, there was no fount
From which Thy Being flowed;
There is no end which Thou canst reach:
But Thou art simply God.

How wonderful creation is,
The work that Thou didst bless,
And, oh! what then must Thou be like,
Eternal Loveliness?

How beautiful the Angels are,
The Saints how bright in bliss;
But with Thy beauty, Lord! compared.
How dull, how poor is this!

In wonder lost, the highest heavens
Mary, their queen, may see;
If Mary is so beautiful,
What must her Maker be?

No wonder Saints have died of love,
No wonder hearts can break,
Pure hearts that once have learned to love
God for His own dear sake.

O Majesty most beautiful!
Most Holy Trinity!
On Mary’s throne we climb to get
A far-off sight of Thee.

O listen, then, Most Pitiful!
To Thy poor creature’s heart;
It blesses Thee that Thou art God,
That Thou art what Thou art!

Most ancient of all mysteries!
Still at Thy throne we lie;
Have mercy now, most merciful,
Most Holy Trinity!

Words: Fr. Frederick W. Faber, C.O., 1849.
Tune (The English Hymnal):St. Flavian Day’s Psalter, 1563.
Tune (St. Basil’s Hymnal): Unnamed Tune.

Meter: 8.6.8.6

This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861) where it is listed as a general hymn:

Have mercy on us, God most High,
Who lift our hearts to Thee;
Have mercy on us worms of earth,
Most Holy Trinity!

Most ancient of all mysteries!
Before Thy Throne we lie;
Have mercy now, most merciful,
Most Holy Trinity!

When heaven and earth were yet unmade,
When time was yet unknown,
Thou, in Thy Bliss of Majesty,
Didst live and love alone.

How wonderful creation is,
The work that Thou didst bless;
And oh, what then must Thou be like,
Eternal Loveliness!

Most ancient of all mysteries!
Low at Thy Throne we lie;
Have mercy now, most merciful,
Most Holy Trinity! Amen.

This is the text of this hymn as it appears in The English Hymnal (1906) where it is listed as a hymn for Trinity Sunday:

Have mercy on us, God most high,
Who lift our hearts to thee;
Have mercy on us, worms of earth,
Most holy Trinity.

Most ancient of all mysteries,
Before thy throne we lie;
Have mercy now, most merciful,
Most holy Trinity.

When heaven and earth were yet unmade, .
When time was yet unknown,
Thou in thy bliss and majesty
Didst live and love alone.

Thou wert not born; there was no fount
From which thy Being flowed;
There is no end which thou canst reach;
But thou art simply God.

How wonderful creation is,
The work which thou didst bless,
And O! what then must thou be like,
Eternal loveliness

How beautiful the Angels are,
The Saints how bright in bliss;
But with thy beauty, Lord, compared,
How dull how poor is this!

O listen then, most pitiful,
To thy poor creature’s heart:
It blesses thee that thou art God,
That thou art what thou art.

Most ancient of all mysteries,
Still at thy throne we lie :
Have mercy now, most merciful,
Most holy Trinity.

This is the text of this hymn as it appears in the 10th edition (1906.) of the St. Basil’s Hymnal (1889) where it is listed under “Trinity”:

Have mercy on us, God Most High!
Who lift our hearts to Thee;
Have mercy on us worms of earth,
Most Holy Trinity!
Most ancient of all mysteries,
Before Thy throne we lie;
Have mercy now, most merciful,
Most Holy Trinity,
Have mercy now, most merciful,
Most Holy Trinity!

When heav’n and earth were yet unmade,
When time was yet unknown,
Thou in Thy bliss and majesty,
Didst live and love alone!
Thou wert not born, there was no fount
From which Thy Being flowed;
There is no end which Thou canst reach,
But Thou art simply God,
There is no end which Thou canst reach,
But Thou art simply God!

O! listen, then most pitiful!
To Thy poor creature’s heart.
It blesses Thee that Thou art God,
That Thou art what Thou art!
Most ancient of all mysteries
Still at Thy feet we lie;
Have mercy now, most merciful,
Most Holy Trinity,
Have mercy now, most merciful,
Most Holy Trinity!

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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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