80. The Past

1 The past we never can undo,
Tho’ with thrice bitter tears,
And deepest gloom we it review,—
‘Tis sealed up with the years.

O Lord, forgive, O Lord, receive,
And bless thy erring child;
I do repent and now believe
That thou art reconciled.

2 Could we but live it o’er again,
How different it should be;
We would not have this awful pain
Which gnaws so constantly. [Refrain]

3 But it is gone beyond our reach,
With all its weight of sin;
And tho’ we mourn too deep for speech,
‘Twill never come again. [Refrain]

4 But God has given us the now,—
The past himself will take;
And if to him in faith we go
He’ll save, for Jesus’ sake. [Refrain]

5 No matter what thy past may be,
Just leave that all with Christ;
He knows it all, yet calleth thee,
And bids thee dare to trust. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: The past we never can undo
Title: The Past
Author: Bessie Q. Jordan
Refrain First Line: O Lord, forgive, O Lord, receive
Publication Date: 1889
Tune Information
Name: [The past we never can undo]
Composer: P. G. Fithian


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