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I cannot lift mine eyes

I cannot lift mine eyes

Translator: John Brownlie
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

I cannot lift mine eyes,
For, O, my sin is great,—
High as the hills that rise
Up, up to heaven’s gate,—
I cannot lift mine eyes,
So great my sin, so great.

But I would smite my breast,
And bow me at the Cross,
And well He knows the rest,
My pain, my grief, my loss;—
Yea, I would smite my breast,
And bow me at His Cross.

Mayhap when I have told
The burden of my sin,
He’ll make my spirit bold,
And speak, and soothe, and win;—
All this when I have told
The burden of my sin.

Then shall I lift mine eyes,
And see the sin removed,
And in the radiant skies
Behold the Well Beloved;—
Then shall I lift mine eyes,
And see my sin removed.

Hymns from the East, 1907

Translator: John Brownlie

Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1859, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:— 1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I cannot lift mine eyes
Translator: John Brownlie
Language: English



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Hymns from the East #43

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Hymns of the Russian Church #64

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