Be thankful for small mercies be relieved that an unpleasant situation is alleviated by minor advantages.
mercy seat the golden covering placed upon the Ark of the Covenant, regarded as the resting-place of God; the throne of God in Heaven. The term is found in Exodus 25:17.
throw oneself on someone's mercy intentionally place oneself in someone's power in the expectation that they will behave mercifully towards one.
See also seven corporal works of mercy, seven spiritual works of mercy.
Subjects: Law — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).