1. No strength of nature can suffice
To serve the Lord aright;
And what she has, she misapplies,
For want of clearer light.
2. How long beneath the Law I lay
In bondage and distress!
I toiled the precept to obey,
But toiled without success.
3. Then to abstain from outward sin
Was more than I could do;
Now, if I feel its power within,
I feel I hate it too.
4. Then all my servile works were done
A righteousness to raise;
Now, freely chosen in the Son,
I freely choose His ways.
5. What shall I do was then the word,
That I may worthier grow?
What shall I render to the Lord?
Is my inquiry now.
6. To see the Law by Christ fulfilled,
And hear His pardoning voice;
Changes a slave into a child,
And duty into choice.
|First Line:||No strength of nature can suffice|
|Title:||No Strength of Nature Can Suffice|
|Author:||William Cowper (1779)|
|Source:||Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779), number 62|
|Notes:||Alternate tune: ABIDING GRACE, John S. Camp, circa 1905|
|Composer (attributed to):||Andrew Tait|
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|Source:||James Chalmers’ untitled collection, 1749; Melody from Rudiments of Music, by Robert Bremner, 1756|
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