My sins have taken such a hold on me

My sins have taken such a hold on me

Author: John S. B. Monsell
Tune: CREDO DOMINE
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1. My sins have taken such a hold on me,
I am not able to look up to Thee;
Lord, I repent; accept my tears and grief:
But Thou hast taken all my sins away,
And I in Thee dare now look up and pray:
Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief.

2. Of nights unhallowed, and of sinful days,
Of careless thoughts and words and works and way,
Lord, I repent; accept my tears and grief:
And in the life which doth within me live,
And the forgiveness which can all forgive,
Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief.

3. Of selfishness which makes the soul unjust,
Envy and strife and every sinful lust,
Lord, I repent; accept my tears and grief:
And in the blood, which doth my pardon plead,
The truth and love, which for me intercede,
Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief.

4. Of sins that as a cloud have hid Thy face,
Of Thy care slighted, and thy grievèd grace,
Lord, I repent; accept my tears and grief:
In Love, that puts sin’s envious veil aside,
Rending the veil of flesh which for me died,
Lord, I believe, help Thou mine unbelief.

5. For sin I mourn, the sin that gave Thee pain;
Thine was the burden, mine alone the stain;
Lord, I repent; accept my tears and grief:
Christ is my joy; and out of all distress
He doth deliver with His righteousness:
Lord, I believe, help Thou mine unbelief.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #4357

Author: John S. B. Monsell

John Samuel Bewley Monsell (b. St. Colomb's, Londonderry, Ireland, 1811; d. Guilford, Surrey, England, 1875) was educated at Trinity College in Dublin and served as a chaplain and rector of several churches in Ireland after his ordination in 1835. Transferred to England in 1853, he became rector of Egham in Surrey and was rector of St. Nicholas Church in Guilford from 1870 until his death (caused by a construction accident at his church). A prolific poet, Monsell published his verse in eleven volumes. His three hundred hymns, many celebrating the seasons of the church year, were issued in collections such as Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems (1837), Spiritual Songs (1857), Hymns of Love and Praise (1863), and The Parish Hymnal (1873). Bert P… Go to person page >

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Author: John S. B. Monsell

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