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.

 

TEXT:

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

Lord Jesus, Think On Me (4P & Lead)

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