Father, to thy sinful child

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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)

Author: Josiah Conder

Josiah Conder was born in London, in 1789. He became a publisher, and in 1814 became proprietor of "The Eclectic Review." Subsequently to 1824, he composed a series of descriptive works, called the "Modern Traveller," which appeared in thirty volumes. He also published several volumes of poems and hymns. He was the author of the first "Congregational Hymn Book" (1836). He died in 1855. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

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Author: Josiah Conder
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Father, to Thy sinful child. J. Conder. [Lent.] Appeared in his Congregational Hymn Book, 1836, No. 517, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and based upon the words "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." In the following year it was republished in his work The Choir and The Oratory, 1837, p. 35, as Pt. v. of "The Lord's Prayer in Six Parts," and again in his Hymns of Praise, Prayer, &c, 1856, p. 138. In the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, No. 535, stanza vi. is omitted, and slight changes are also introduced. In Martineau's Hymns, &c, 1840 and 1873, a part of this hymn is given as, “Lord, forgive me day by day " (stanza iii.)

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




Robin Leaver, "The origins of the tune SAVANNAH," HSGBI Bulletin 153, vol. 10, no. 1 (January 1982), pp. 26–30.

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