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

Monsell, John Samuel Bewley, L.L.D., son of Thomas Bewley Monsell, Archdeacon of Londonderry, was born at St. Columb's, Londonderry, March 2,1811, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin (B.A. 1832, LL.D. 1856). Taking Holy Orders in 1834, "he was successively Chaplain to Bishop Mant, Chancellor of the diocese of Connor, Rector of Ramoan, Vicar of Egham, diocese Worcester, and Rector of St. Nicholas's, Guildford. He died in consequence of a fall from the roof of his church, which was in the course of rebuilding, April 9, 1875. His prose works include Our New Vicar, 1867; The Winton Church Catechist, &c. His poetical works are:— (1) Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems, Dublin, W. Curry, Jun., & Co., 1837; (2) Parish Musings, or Devotional Poem… Go to person page >

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