4276. The Mistakes of My Life

1. The mistakes of my life have been many,
The sins of my heart have been more,
And I scarce can see for weeping,
But I’ll knock at the open door.

I know I am weak and sinful,
It comes to me more and more;
But when the dear Savior shall bid me come in,
I’ll enter the open door.

2. I am lowest of those who love Him,
I am weakest of those who pray;
But I come as He has bidden,
And He will not say me nay. [Refrain]

3. My mistakes His free grace will cover,
My sins He will wash away,
And the feet that can shrink and falter
Shall walk thro’ the gates of day. [Refrain]

4. The mistakes of my life have been many,
And my spirit is sick with sin,
And I scarce can see for weeping,
But the Savior will let me in. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: The mistakes of my life have been many
Title: The Mistakes of My Life
Author: Urania Locke Stoughton Bailey (1871)
Refrain First Line: I know I am weak and sinful
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: While we were hold­ing meet­ings in Bos­ton [Mass­a­chu­setts], in 1876, Mr. Moo­dy was en­ter­tained by one of the lead­ing law­yers of the ci­ty, who fre­quent­ly be­fore the meet­ings would ask what so­lo I had se­lect­ed. If I had none, he would say: "Please sing, "The mis­takes of my life have been ma­ny"; for one of the great­est mis­takes I have ev­er made was to ig­nore God in all my af­fairs. But at last he took away my only child, a be­loved son. That led me to the feet of Je­sus, and I bowed to kiss the hand that had laid the rod up­on me. Then I told the Lord that I would de­vote my for­tune to his ser­vice. In keep­ing with that prom­ise I erect­ed a col­lege for young wo­men, lo­cat­ed at Well­es­ley Lake, near Bos­ton." This good man has now passed on to his re­ward. Short­ly be­fore he died Mr. Moo­dy and I pur­chased a per­pe­tu­al schol­ar­ship in Well­es­ley Col­lege, as a prize to be sought af­ter by the young wo­men of North­field Sem­in­a­ry [Mass­a­chu­setts]. Sankey, pp. 266-7
Tune Information
Name: [The mistakes of my life have been many]
Composer: Robert Lowry
Incipit: 12343 32117 71222
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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