O Lord, how vile am I

O Lord, how vile am I

Author: John Newton
Published in 34 hymnals

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1 O Lord, how vile am I,
Unholy and unclean!
How can I dare to venture nigh
With such a load of sin?

2 Is this polluted heart
A dwelling fit for thee?
Swarming, alas! in every part,
What evils do i see!

3 If I attempt to pray,
And raise my soul on high,
My thoughts are hurried fast away,
For sin is ever nigh.

4 If in thy word I look,
Such darkness fills my mind,
I only read a sealed book,
But no relief can find.

5 Thy gospel oft I hear,
But hear it still in vain;
Without desire,or love, or hear,
Hardened I still remain.

6 And must I then indeed
Sink in despair and die?
Fain would I hope that thou didst bleed
For such a wretch as I.

7 That blood which thou hast spilled,
That grace which is thine own;
Can cleanse the vilest sinner's guilt,
And soften hearts of stone.

8 Low at thy feet I bow,
O pity and forgive!
Here will I lie and wait till thou
Shalt bid me rise and live.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: John Newton

Newton, John, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. The religious fits of his boyhood changed into settled infidelity, through the study of Shaftesbury and… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Lord, how vile am I
Author: John Newton
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Language: English

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A Collection of Hymns #248Image
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren. (New and Rev. ed.) #260Image
A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren. New and Revised ed. #297Image
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren. Rev. ed. #d540
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: designed (especially the former part) for the use of congregations as an appendix to Dr. Watt's Psalms and Hymn #H.CXCVIIImage
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: in two parts, part I. containing the hymns; part II. containing the songs...(3rd ed. corr. and enl. by author) #H.CXCVIIImage
A Selection of Hymns: including a few originals, designed to aid the friends of Zion in their private and social worship #187Image
Conference Hymns : adapted to religious conferences, and meetings for prayer, to which is added a selection of the most favorite melodies in common use #137Image
Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #256Image
Hymns and Offices of Worship: for use in schools: with an appendix of tunes #95Image
Hymns for Christian Melody #273Image
Hymns for Church and Home #240Image
Hymns : selected from various authors for the use of the Evangelical Association, and all lovers of pious devotion (5th ed.) #166Image
Offices of Worship and Hymns: principally for use in schools. with an appendix of tunes (2nd and rev. ed.) #95Image
Parish Hymns: a collection of hymns for public, social, and private worship; selected and original #230Image
Parish Psalmody #d592
Parish Psalmody #d605
Revival Hymns #37Image
Select Hymns #d319
Select Hymns: adapted to the devotional exercises of the Baptist denomination (2nd ed.) #126Image
Spiritual Melodies #d227
Spiritual Melodies. Enl. & impr. ed. #d268
The Baptist Hymn Book: comprising a large and choice collection of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to the faith and order of the Old School, or Primitive Baptists (2nd stereotype Ed.) #629Image
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors: to which are added a number never before published #CCLXXIITextImage
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors to which are added, a number never before published. #272Image
The Hartford Selection of Hymns: from the most approved authors: to which are added a number never before published (2nd ed.) #CCLXXIITextImage
The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #278Image
The Lord's Songs: a collection of composures in metre, such as have been most used in the late glorious revivals; Dr. Watts' psalms and hymns excepted #XImage
The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #415Image
The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book, for the Service of Song in the House of the Lord #237aImage
The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d771
Village Hymns #d386
Village hymns for social worship, selected and original: designed as a supplement to Dr. Watts's Psalms and hymns (Stereotyped ed.) #347Image
Village Hymns for Social Worship, Selected and Original: designed as a supplement to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts (6th ed.) #347Image