4612. Not What I Am, O Lord

1. Not what I am, O Lord, but what Thou art,
That, that alone can be my soul’s true rest:
Thy love, not mine, bids fear and doubt depart,
And stills the tempest of my throbbing breast.

2. Thy name is Love, I hear it from yon cross;
Thy name is Love, I hear it from yon tomb:
All meaner love is perishable dross,
But this shall light me through time’s thickest gloom.

3. Girt with the love of God on every side,
Breathing that love as Heav’ns own healing air,
I work or wait, still following my Guide,
Braving each foe, escaping every snare.

4. ’Tis what I know of Thee, my Lord and God,
That fills my soul with peace, my lips with song:
Thou art my health, my joy, my staff and rod;
Leaning on Thee, in weakness I am strong.

5. More of Thyself, O show me hour by hour;
More of Thy glory, O my God and Lord:
More of Thyself, in all Thy grace and power;
More of Thy love and truth, incarnate Word!

Text Information
First Line: Not what I am, O Lord, but what Thou art
Title: Not What I Am, O Lord
Author: Horatius Bonar (1861)
Language: English
Source: Hymns of Faith and Hope, second series, 1861
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: James Langran (1861)
Incipit: 31254 33213 32523
Key: F Major
Source: First pub­lished in a leaf­let in 1861, then in Psalms and Hymns Adapt­ed to the Ser­vic­es of the Church of Eng­land, by John Fos­ter, 1863
Copyright: Public Domain

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