My heart was sad because of sin,
And lo, the night came down,
And dark without, and dark within
I shrank before Thy frown;
Now pity, Lord, my woeful state,
And save me in Thy mercy great.
I lift mine eyes to where the Christ
My awful burden bore,
And see the offering that sufficed,--
His stripes and anguish sore;
The riven side, the thorny crown,
The wounds from which His blood flowed down.
O Love no loving heart e'er gave!
Like light from heaven it flows;
And now for Him Who died to save,
My love responsive glows;
And joy resounds my heart within,
That once was sad because of sin.
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 >