1 Father, to thy sinful child
Though thy law is reconciled,
By thy pardoning grace I live;
Daily still I cry, Forgive.
2 Though my ransom-price he paid
Upon whom my guilt was laid,
Humbly at thy mercy-seat,
Full remission I entreat.
3 Lord, forgive me, day by day,
Debts I cannot hope to pay,
Duties I have left undone,
Evils I have failed to shun;
4 Trespasses in word or thought,
Deeds from evil motive wrought,
Cold ingratitude, distrust,
Thoughts unhallowed or unjust.
5 Pardon, Lord; and are there those
Who my debtors are, or foes,
I, who by forgiveness live,
Here their trespasses forgive.
6 May I feel, beneath my wrongs,
Vengeance to the Lord belongs;
Nor a worse requital dare,
Than the meek revenge of prayer.
7 Much forgiven, may I learn
Love for hatred to return;
Then assured my heart shall be,
Thou, my God, hast pardoned me.
The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum (1876)