1 Not by the laws of innocence
Can Adam's sons arrive at heaven;
New works can give us no pretense
To have our ancient sins forgiven.
2 Not the best deeds that we have done,
Can make a wounded conscience whole;
Faith is the grace, and faith alone,
That flies to Christ, and saves the soul.
3 Lord, I believe thy heavenly word,
Fain would I have my soul renewed;
I mourn for sin, and trust the Lord
To have it pardoned and subdued.
4 O may thy grace its power display,
Let guilt and death no longer reign;
Save me in thine appointed way,
Nor let my humble faith be vain.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799