This prayer of Synesius of Cyrene (c. 375-430) begins every stanza with an invocation for the aid and attention of Christ that moves from the confession of sin to the glorious hope of eternal life. I adapted and adjusted Damon’s 1579 melody to more closely match the emotional content of the lyrics.
Lord Jesus, think on me, and purge away my sin
From earth-born passions set me free,
And make me pure within.
Lord Jesus, think on me
With care and woe oppress’d
Let me Thy loving servant be,
And taste Thy promised rest.
Lord Jesus, think on me amid the battle’s strife
In all my pain and misery
Be Thou my health and life.
Lord Jesus, think on me, nor let me go astray
Through darkness and perplexity point
Thou the heav’nly way.
Lord Jesus, think on me that when the flood is past
I may th’eternal brightness see and share Thy joy at last.
Lord Jesus, think on me that I may sing above
To Father, Spirit and to Thee
The strains of praise and love