1 I do not come because my soul
Is free from sin and pure and whole
And worthy of Thy grace;
I do not speak to Thee because
I’ve ever justly kept Thy laws
And dare to meet Thy face.
2 I know that sin and guilt combine
To reign o’er ev'ry tho't of mine
And turn from good to ill;
I know that, when I try to be
Upright and just and true to Thee,
I am a sinner still.
3 I know that often when I strive
To keep a spark of love alive
For Thee, the pow'rs within
Leap up in unsubmissive might
And oft benumb my sense of right
And pull me back to sin.
4 I know that, though in doing good
I spend my life, I never could
Atone for all I’ve done;
But though my sins are black as night,
I dare to come before Thy sight
Because I trust Thy Son.
5 In Him alone my trust I place,
Come boldly to Thy throne of grace,
And there commune with Thee.
Salvation sure, O Lord, is mine,
And, all unworthy, I am Thine,
For Jesus died for me.
Amen.Source: The Lutheran Hymnal #379
I do not come because my soul. [Faith.] This is given in M. W. Stryker's Church Song, N. Y., 1889, as by "Frank B. St. John, 1878."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)