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Because I knew not when my life was good

Because I knew not when my life was good

Author: Sarah Williams
Published in 21 hymnals

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1 Because I knew not when my life was good,
And when there was a light upon my path,
But turned my soul perversely to the dark,
O Lord, I do repent.

2 Because I held upon niy selfish road,
And left my brother wounded by the way,
And called ambition duty, and pressed on,
O Lord, I do repent.

3 Because I spent the strength Thou gavest me
In struggle which Thou never didst ordain,
And have imperfect life to offer Thee,
O Lord, I do repent.

4 Because I was impatient, would not wait,
And thrust my willful hand across Thy threads,
And marred the pattern drawn out for my life,
O Lord, I do repent.


Source: The Hymnbook #274

Author: Sarah Williams

Williams, Sarah, only child of Robert Williams, born in London c. 1838, and died April 25, 1868. She contributed to the periodicals and published Rainbows in Springtide, 1866, and Twilight Hours, 1868. The hymn “Because I knew not when my life was good" (Repentanc), in Horder's Worship Song, 1905, is from her Twilight Hours, 1868, p. 150, st. iv., v., vii. being omitted. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: Because I knew not when my life was good
Author: Sarah Williams
Refrain First Line: Lord, I do repent



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