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Though I should seek to wash me clean

Though I should seek to wash me clean

Author: Henry Ustick Onderdonk
Published in 29 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Though I should seek to wash me clean
In waters of the driven snow,
My soul would yet in spots retain,
And sink in conscious guilt and wo:

2 The spirit, in his power divine,
Would cast my vaunting soul to earth,
Expose the foulness of its sin,
And show the vileness of its worth.

3 Ah, not like erring man is God,
That men to answer him should dare.
Condemn'd, and into silence awed,
They helpless stand before his bar.

4 There, must a Mediator plead,
Who, God and man, may both embrace;
With God, for man to intercede,
And offer man the purchased grace.

5 And lo! the Son of God is slain
To be this Mediator crown'd:
In Him, my soul, be cleansed from stain,
In Him thy righteousness be found.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #64

Author: Henry Ustick Onderdonk

Henry Ustick Onderdonk, Bishop of Pennsylvania, was born in New York, March 16, 1789, and educated at Columbia College, B.A. 1805, M.A. 1808, D.D. 1827. Having decided to devote his life to medicine, he studied first in London and then in Edinburgh, receiving his M.D. from that university in 1810. Returning to New York, he began to study theology under Bishop Hobart and was ordained in 1815. He was rector of St. Ann's, Brooklyn, until 1827 when, following a famous controversy, he was elected bishop coadjutor of Pennsylvania, becoming diocesan in 1836 upon the death of Bishop White. He, with W.A. Muhlenberg, q.v., was influential on the committee appointed by General Convention to prepare the so-called Prayer Book Collection, 1826. The… Go to person page >

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First Line: Though I should seek to wash me clean
Author: Henry Ustick Onderdonk

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A Collection of Sacred Song #29(H14)

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A Collection of Sacred Song #29(H14)

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A Selection of Hymns #100

Book of Common Praise #d590

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book with Accompanying Tunes (Second Edition) #110

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book #53

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book #110

Hymnal of the Reformed Episcopal Church #d128

Hymnal of the Reformed Episcopal Church, adopted in General Council, Chicago, May 1879 #d317

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d1142

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Hymns Recommended for use in the Reformed Episcopal Church #180

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Selections from the Psalms of David in Metre #H14

Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad1132

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Songs for the Sanctuary #429

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Songs for the Sanctuary #429

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Songs for the Sanctuary #429

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #429

Templi Carmina #d257

The Book of Common Praise #d609

The Choice #H54

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The Choice #H54

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The Harp #317

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The Lecture-Room Hymn-Book #H14

The Missionary Tune Book #d86

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #348

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #64

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Hymns of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, as authorized by the General Convention #14

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #429

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