Justice doth call for vengeance on my sins,
And threatens death as guerdon for the same;
Mercy to plead for pardon then begins,
With saying, CHRIST hath undergone the shame.
Justice shews me an angry GOD offended,
And Mercy shews a Saviour crucified:
Justice says, I that sinn'd must be condemnéd:
Mercy replies, CHRIST for my sins hath died.
Grim justice threats with a revengeful rod:
Meek Mercy shews me an appeaséd GOD.
LORD! though my sins make me for Justice fit,
Through CHRIST let Mercy triumph over it.