The Lamentation

Lee Carter has provided this prayer to accompany yesterday's post:

THE LAMENTATION
(Old Version, 1562)

O Lord, turn not away Thy face
From him who lies prostrate
Lamenting sore his sinful life
Before Thy mercy gate;

Which gate Thou openest wide to those
That do lament their sins;
Shut not the gate against me, Lord,
But let me enter in.

So come I to Thy mercy-gate,
Where mercy doth abound,
Requiring mercy for my sin
To heal my deadly wound.

Mercy, good Lord, mercy I ask,
This is the total sum;
For mercy, Lord, is all my suit;
Lord, let Thy mercy come.

John Marckant (1560)

From: Michael Card, A Sacred Sorrow, NavPress (Colorado Springs, Colorado), 2005, p 160