The abyss of many a former sinAuthor: Joseph of the Studium; Translator: John Mason Neale (1862)
Tune: VATER UNSER
Published in 11 hymnals
The abyss of many a former sin
Encloses me, and bars me in:
Like billows my transgressions roll:
Be Thou the Pilot of my soul;
And to Salvation’s harbour bring,
Thou Saviour and Thou glorious King!
My Father’s heritage abused,
Wasted by lust, by sin misused;
To shame and want and misery brought,
The slave to many a fruitless thought,
I cry to Thee, Who lovest men,
O pity and receive again!
In hunger now,—no more possessed
Of that my portion bright and blest,
The exile and the alien see
Who yet would fain return to Thee.
And save me, LORD, who seek to raise
To Thy dear love the hymn of praise!
With that blest thief my prayer I make,
Remember for Thy mercy’s sake!
With that poor publican I cry,
Be merciful, O GOD Most High!
With that lost Prodigal I fain
Back to my home would turn again!
Mourn, mourn, my soul, with earnest care,
And raise to CHRIST the contrite prayer:—
O Thou, Who freely wast made poor,
My sorrows and my sins to cure,
Me, poor of all good works, embrace,
Enriching with Thy boundless grace!
Hymns of the Eastern Church, 1866
|Instances (11)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #359||The abyss of many a former sin||Joseph of the Studium; John Mason Neale||1868|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymn Book with Tunes #d418||The Abyss of many a former sin||John M. Neale; John Mason Neale; Joseph of the Studium||1912|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal #237||Th'abyss of many a former sin||1880|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnbook (Lutheran Conference of Missouri and Other States) #d312||The Abyss of many a former sin||John M. Neale; John Mason Neale; Joseph of the Studium||1889|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnbook (Lutheran Conference of Missouri and Other States) #d342||The Abyss of many a former sin||John M. Neale; John Mason Neale; Joseph of the Studium||1892|
|Hymnal for Church and Home. 1st ed. #d316||The Abyss of many a former sin||John M. Neale; John Mason Neale; Joseph of the Studium||1927|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard Edition #644||The abyss of many a former sin||220.127.116.11.8.8||1875|
|Hymns for the use of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, by the Authority of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania #355||The Abyss of many a former sin||John M. Neale; John Mason Neale; Joseph of the Studium||1865|
|Hymns of the Eastern Church (5th ed.) #198||The abyss of many a former sin||The Prodigal Son||Joseph of the Studium; John Mason Neale||18.104.22.168.8.8||English||1866|
|The College Hymnal: for divine service at Yale College in the Battell Chapel #261||The abyss of many a former sin||John Mason Neale||1876|
|The Lutheran Hymnary: Published by authority of the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Synod, the Hauge's Evangelical Lutheran Synod and United Norwegian Lutheran Church of America #d489||The Abyss of many a former sin||John M. Neale; John Mason Neale; Joseph of the Studium||1913|