Verses 1-5, 31.
Love to enemies, from the example of Christ.
1 God of my mercy and my praise,
Thy glory is my song;
The sinners speak against thy grace
With a blaspheming tongue.
2 When in the form of mortal man
Thy Son on earth was found,
With cruel slanders, false and vain,
They compass'd him around.
3 Their miseries his compassion move,
Their peace he still pursu'd;
They render hatred for his love,
And evil for his good.
4 Their malice rag'd without a cause,
Yet, with his dying breath,
He pray'd for murderers on his cross,
And blest his foes in death.
5 Lord, shall thy bright example shine
In vain before my eyes?
Give me a soul akin to thine
To love mine enemies.
6 The Lord shall on my side engage,
And in my Saviour's name,
I shall defeat their pride and rage
Who slander and condemn.