God of my salvation, hear

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This is an hymn by Charles Wesley, 1742, from Hymns and Sacred Poems, Part 2, Hymn 23; entitled After a relapse into sin. Meter is 76. 76. 78. 76.

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1. God of my salvation, hear,
And help me to believe,
Simply do I now draw near
Thy blessing to receive;
Full of guilt alas! I am,
But to thy wounds for refuge flee
Friend of sinners, spotless Lamb,
Thy blood was shed for me.

2. Standing now as newly slain,
To thee I lift mine eye,
Balm of all my grief and pain
Thy blood is always nigh:
Now as yesterday the same
Thou art, and wilt for ever be:
Friend of sinners, spotless Lamb,
Thy blood was shed for me.

 

3. Full of truth, and grace thou art,
And here is all my hope:
False, and foul as hell my heart
To thee I offer up;
Thou wast given to redeem
My soul from all iniquity:
Friend of sinners, spotless Lamb,
Thy blood was shed for me.

4. Nothing have I, Lord, to pay,
Nor can thy grace procure,
Empty send me not away,
For I, thou know'st, am poor:
Dust and ashes is my name,
My all is sin and misery:
Friend of sinners, spotless Lamb,
Thy blood was shed for me.

 

5. Without money, without price
I come thy love to buy,
From myself I turn my eyes,
The chief of sinners I:
Take, O take me as I am,
And let me lose myself in thee:
Friend of sinners, spotless Lamb,
Thy blood was shed for me.

6. No good work, or word, or thought
Bring I to gain thy grace,
Pardon I accept unbought,
Thy proffer I embrace,
Coming as at first I came
To take, and not bestow on thee:
Friend of sinners, spotless Lamb,
Thy blood was shed for me.

 

7. Jesus, unto thee my sin
I quietly confess,
Till thy blood shall wash me clean
From all unrighteousness,
From the slightest touch of blame
My spirit, soul, and body free:
Friend of sinners, spotless Lamb,
Thy blood was shed for me.

8. Savior, from thy wounded side
I never will depart,
Here will I my spirit hide
When I am pure in heart:
Till my place above I claim
This only shall be all my plea,
Friend of sinners, spotless Lamb,
Thy blood was shed for me.

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