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"Songs by the Way"
The Poetical Writings of the Right Rev. George Washington Doane, D.D., LL.D.

Arranged and Edited by His Son, William Croswell Doane

New York: D. Appleton, 1860.


"Audi, benigne Conditor.'

FATHER of Mercies, hear!
     Thy pardon, we implore,
While daily, through this sacred fast,
     Our prayers, our tears, we pour.

Searcher of hearts, to Thee,
     Our helplessness is known;
Be then, to those, who seek Thy face,
     Thy free forgiveness, shown.

Our sins have numerous been,
     We own it, Lord, with shame;
Yet spare, and heal, the broken heart;
     Spare, for Thy glorious name.

Grant us, the body so,
     By fasting, to restrain,
That sinful thoughts, and vain desires,
     Our souls, no more may stain.

Thus, to Thy contrite ones,
     Thy mercy shall be shown;
We ask it, blessed One in Three,
     We ask it, Three in One.

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