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Hymn #199: O Lord, How Vile Am I

Hymn #198 Hymn #200

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199 (S.M.) John Newton

O Lord, how vile am I,

Unholy and unclean!

How can I dare to venture nigh

With such a load of sin?

Is this polluted heart

A dwelling fit for Thee?

Swarming, alas! in ev'ry part,

What evils do I see!

If I attempt to pray,

And lisp Thy holy name,

My thoughts are hurried soon away,

I know not where I am.

If in Thy word I look,

Such darkness fills my mind,

I only read a sealèd book,

But no relief can find.

Myself can hardly bear

This wretched heart of mine;

How hateful, then, must it appear

To those pure eyes of Thine!

And must I then indeed

Sink in despair and die?

Fain would I hope that Thou didst bleed

For such a wretch as I.

That blood which Thou hast spilt,

That grace which is Thine own;

Can cleanse the vilest sinner's guilt,

And soften hearts of stone.

Low at Thy feet I bow;

Oh, pity and forgive!

Here will I lie and wait 'til Thou

Shalt bid me rise and live.

Hymn #198 Hymn #200