1 And be it so, that till this hour
We never knew what faith has meant;
And, slaves to sin and Satan's power,
Have never felt these hearts relent.
2 What shall we do? shall we lie down,
Sink in despair, and groan and die;
And, sunk beneath th' Almighty's frown,
Not glance one cheerful hope on high?
3 Forbid it, Saviour! to thy grace
As sinners, strangers, we wil come;
Among thy saints we ask a place,
For in thy mercy there is room.
4 Lord, we believe; O chase away
The gloomy clouds of unbelief;
Lord, we repent; O let thy ray
Dissolve our hearts in sacred grief!
5 Now spread the banner of thy love,
And let us know that we are thine;
Cheer us with blessings from above,
With all the joys of hope divine.
Source: Society hymns, original and selected on evangelical and experimental subjects #X