97. How Blest Are They Whose Trespass

1 How blest are they whose trespass
hath freely been forgiv'n,
whose sin is wholly covered
before the sight of heav'n,
to whom the Lord in mercy
imputeth not their sin,
who hath a guileless spirit,
whose heart is true within.

2 While I kept guilty silence,
my strength was spent with grief,
thy hand was heavy on me,
my soul found no relief;
but when I owned my trespass,
my sin hid not from thee;
when I confessed transgression
then thou forgavest me.

3 So let the godly seek thee
in times when thou art near;
no whelming flood shall reach them,
nor cause their hearts to fear;
in thee, O Lord, I hide me;
thou savest me from ill,
and songs of thy salvation
my heart with rapture thrill.

Text Information
First Line: How blest are they whose trespass
Title: How Blest Are They Whose Trespass
Meter: 7.6.7.6 D
Scripture: Psalm 27:14; Psalm 32
Source: The Psalter, 1912; alt. 1950
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: AU FORT DE MA DETRESSE
Meter: 7.6.7.6 D
Key: d minor
Source: Genevan Psalter (1542), melody of Psalm 130



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