1 O the bitter shame and sorrow,
That a time could ever be,
When I let the Saviour's pity
Plead in vain, and proudly answered,
"All of self, and none of Thee!"
2 Yet He found me! I beheld Him
Bleeding on the accursed tree,
Heard Him pray, "Forgive them, Father!"
And my wistful heart said faintly,
"Some of self, and some of Thee!"
3 Day by day His tender mercy
Healing, helping, full and free,
Sweet and strong, and ah! so patient
Brought me lower, while I whispered,
"Less of self, and more of Thee!"
4 Higher than the highest heavens,
Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last has conquered,
Grant me now my supplication,
"None of self, and all of Thee!"
Source: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book: official hymn book of the Methodist Church #314
|First Line:||O the bitter shame and sorrow|
|Title:||None of Self and All of Thee|
|Liturgical Use:||Confession Songs|
By Rev. Theodore Monod, Paris. Written by him in English during a series of Consecration meetings held at Broadlands, England, in July 1874. Given by the author to Lord Mount-Temple at the close of the meetings, and printed by his lordship on the back of a programme card for another series of similar meetings held at Oxford in October, l874 . . . . The author writes (1887) that he now wishes line 4 of verse 4 to read, ‘Grant me now my supplication.' "This hymn is given in several collections, including the Hymnal Companion, 1876, where, in the annotated edition, it is accompanied by the following note by Bishop E. H. Bickersteth:—
" This touching hymn by Monod, with the exception of reading ‘petition' for ‘desire' [stanza iv. l. 4] for the measure's sake, is without alteration. In one of the last letters which the Editor received from the late Sir H. W. Baker, he expressed his great regret that it was not included in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern.”It is in the Hymns Ancient & Modern Supplement Hymns, 1889. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)