Savior of the Lost

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1 I could not do without thee,
O Saviour of the lost,
Whose precious blood redeemed me
At such tremendous cost;
Thy righteousness, thy pardon,
Thy precious blood must be
My only hope and comfort,
My glory and my plea.

2 I could not do without thee,
I cannot stand alone,
I have no strength or goodness,
No wisdom of my own;
But thou, beloved Saviour,
Art all in all to me,
And weakness will be power,
If leaning hard on thee.

3 I could not do without thee;
No other friend can read
The spirit’s strange deep longings,
Interpreting its need;
No human heart could enter
Each dim recess of mine,
And soothe and hush and calm it,
O blessèd Lord, but thine.

4 I could not do without thee,
For years are fleeting fast,
And soon in solemn loneness
The river must be passed;
But thou wilt never leave me
And, though the waves roll high,
I know thou wilt be near me
And whisper: It is I.

Source: The Song Book of the Salvation Army #325

Author: Frances Ridley Havergal

Havergal, Frances Ridley, daughter of the Rev. W. H. Havergal, was born at Astley, Worcestershire, Dec. 14, 1836. Five years later her father removed to the Rectory of St. Nicholas, Worcester. In August, 1850, she entered Mrs. Teed's school, whose influence over her was most beneficial. In the following year she says, "I committed my soul to the Saviour, and earth and heaven seemed brighter from that moment." A short sojourn in Germany followed, and on her return she was confirmed in Worcester Cathedral, July 17, 1853. In 1860 she left Worcester on her father resigning the Rectory of St. Nicholas, and resided at different periods in Leamington, and at Caswall Bay, Swansea, broken by visits to Switzerland, Scotland, and North Wales. She died… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I could not do without Thee, O Savior of the lost
Title: Savior of the Lost
Author: Frances Ridley Havergal
Meter: D
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Why will you do without him
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

Ambassador Hymnal #411

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #362

The Baptist Hymnal #320


The Cyber Hymnal #2750


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #325

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