The publican…smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me, a sinner.@Luke 18:13
Thomas Raffles (1788–1863)

Thomas Raffles, written October 4, 1831, at Seacombe, England.

Avondale (Gabriel) Charles H. Gabriel, 1901 (🔊 pdf nwc).

The Pharisee and the Publican
James Tissot (1836–1902)

Lord, like the publican I stand,
And lift my heart to Thee;
Thy pardoning grace, O God, command,
Be merciful to me.

I smite upon my anxious breast,
O’erwhelmed with agony;
O save my soul by sin oppressed,
Be merciful to me.

My guilt, my shame, I all confess,
I have no hope nor plea
But Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
Be merciful to me.

Here at Thy cross I still would wait,
Nor from its shelter flee,
But Thou, O God, in mercy great,
Art merciful to me.