How blest the man whose trespass

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1 How blest, those whose transgressions
have freely been forgiven;
whose guilt is wholly covered
before the sight of heaven.
Blest, those to whom our Lord God
will not impute their sin:
whose guilt has been forgiven;
whose hearts, made true again.

2 While I kept guilty silence,
my strength was spent with grief.
Your hand was heavy on me;
my life found no relief.
But when I made confession
and hid no sin from you,
when I revealed my failings,
you gave me life anew.

3 So let the godly seek you,
when troubling times are near;
no storm or flood shall reach them,
nor cause their hearts to fear.
In you, O Lord, I hide me;
you save me from all ill.
And songs of your salvation
my heart with rapture fill.

Source: Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #446



William Lloyd (b. Rhos Goch, Llaniestyn, Caernarvonshire, Wales, 1786; d. Caernarvonshire, 1852) composed MEIRIONYDD, which was first published in manuscript form with the name BERTH in Caniadau Seion (Songs of Zion, 1840, ed. R. Mills). The tune is named after the Welsh county Meirionydd in which L…

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HANKEY has many characteristics of a gospel song: stepwise melodic motion, verse refrain form, and simple harmony. After hearing both hymn texts from Hankey's poems quoted by one of the speakers at an 1867 YMCA convention in Montreal, Quebec, gospel hymn writer William H. Doane (PHH 473) was inspire…

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Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #446

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