Dust and ashes, sin and guilt

Dust and ashes, sin and guilt

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 5 hymnals

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1 Dust and ashes, sin and guilt,--
Christ, for me Thy blood was spilt;
Cleanse Thou me from guilt and sin,
Make Me pure without, within;
Soul and body, at Thy word,
Be to saving health restored.

2 Flesh and blood, this mortal frame,
Thou wert pleased to wear the same;
Though Thy nature was divine,
Thou didst condescend to mine;
Let me, for Thy mercy's sake,
Thy Divinity partake.

3 From the ruins of the Fall,
Me to grace and glory call:
Me, O Lord my Righteousness!
With Thine image re-impress:
Thou didst stoop to earth for me:
Raise me up to heaven with Thee.

Source: Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #160

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

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First Line: Dust and ashes, sin and guilt
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Dust and ashes, sin and guilt. J. Montgomery. [Image of Christ desired. In the M. MSS., this hymn is dated "Jan. 23, 1833.” It was published in Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, p. 168, in 3 stanzas of 6 lines, and headed "Renewal in the Image of Christ." Its use is mainly confined to America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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Church Book #160

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Church Book #160


Sacred Poems and Hymns #166

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School and Parish Hymnal #97

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