Deprecating the anger of God.
BEHOLD, O Lord! before thy throne
Thy mourning people bend:
’Tis on thy sov’reign grace alone
Our humble hopes depend.
2 Tremendous judgments from thy hand
Thy dreadful power display;
Yet mercy spares this guilty land,
And yet we live to pray.
3 And why, great God, are we thus spared,
Ungrateful as we are?
O make thine awful warnings heard,
While mercy cries,-Forbear!
4 O turn us, turn us, blessed Lord,
By thine almighty grace;
Then shall our hearts obey thy word,
And ever seek thy face.
Hymnary.org has two different verses, substituted for verses 3 and 5, and modifies the wording rather significantly of the remaining verses.
3 How changed, alas, are truths divineThey say it is in 188 hymnals.
For error, guilt, and shame!
What impious numbers, bold in sin,
Disgrace the Christian name!
5 Then, should insulting foes invade,
We shall not yield to fear,
Secure of all-sufficient aid
When God in Christ is near.