The Sinner's self-reflection

Ah Lord! ah Lord! what have I done

Author: John Mason
Published in 14 hymnals

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1 Ah Lord! ah Lord! what have I done?
What will become of me?
What shall I say, what shall I do?
Or whither shall I flee?

2 By wand'ring I have lost myself,
And here I make my moan:
O whither, whither have I stray'd!
Ah! Lord what have I done?

3 Thy candle searches all my rooms,
And now I plainly see,
The num'rous sins of earth and hell
Are summed up in me.

4 The seeds of all the ills that grow,
Are in my garden sown,
And multitudes of them are sprung;
Ah! Lord what have I done?

5 I have been Satan's willing slave,
And his most easy prey:
He was not readier to command
Than I was to obey:

6 Or, if at times he left my soul,
Yet still his works went on:
I was a tempter to myself;
Ah, Lord1 what have I done!

7 I puft at all the threats of heav'n,
And slighted all its charms:
Nor Satan's fetters would I leave
For Christ's inviting arms.

8 I had a soul but priz'd it not;
And now my soul is gone,
My forced cries do pierce the skies;
Ah, Lord! what have I done!



Source: Divine Hymns or Spiritual Songs, for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians: being a collection #CXXVI

Author: John Mason

Mason, John. The known facts of his life are scanty. He was the son of a Dissenting Minister, and the grandfather of John Mason, the author of A Treatise on Self-Knowledge. He was educated at Strixton School, Northants, and Clare Hall, Cambridge. After taking his M.A., he became Curate of Isham; and in 1668, Vicar of Stantonbury, Bucks. A little more than five years afterwards he was appointed Rector of Water-Stratford. Here he composed the volume containing The Songs of Praise, his paraphrase of The Song of Solomon, and the Poem on Dives and Lazarus, with which Shepherd's Penitential Cries was afterwards bound up. This volume passed through twenty editions. Besides the Songs of Praise, it contains six Penitential Cries by Mason, and it i… Go to person page >

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First Line: Ah Lord! ah Lord! what have I done
Title: The Sinner's self-reflection
Author: John Mason
Language: English

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A Choice Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: intended for the edification of sincere Christians of all denominations #IIIText
A New and Beautiful Collection of Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d2
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A Selection of Hymns, from the Best Authors #22Page Scan
Divine Hymns or Spiritual Songs, for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians: being a collection #CXXVITextPage Scan
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Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians (Latest and largest ed.) #CXIXPage Scan
Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the Use of Religious Assemblies and Private Christians. 8th ed. #d1
The Baptist Hymn Book: comprising a large and choice collection of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to the faith and order of the Old School, or Primitive Baptists (2nd stereotype Ed.) #571Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #B164Page Scan
The Lord's Songs: a collection of composures in metre, such as have been most used in the late glorious revivals; Dr. Watts' psalms and hymns excepted #XIIIPage Scan



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