Jesus, great Redeemer, hear

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This is an hymn by Charles Wesley, 1742, from Hymns and Sacred Poems Part 1, Hymn 17, based on John 1:29. Meter is 76. 76. D.

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1. Jesus, great Redeemer, hear
A feeble sinner’s cry,
Thou in my behalf appear,
And bring salvation nigh:
To my Lord what shall I say?
Savior, I of thee have need;
Take, O take my sins away,
And make me free indeed.

2. Thee all-lovely as thou art,
Should I profess to love,
Surely my rebellious heart
The falsehood would disprove:
Thee my heart cannot obey
Till from every evil freed:
Take, O take my sins away,
And make me free indeed.

 

3. Should I say, that aught in me
Of good doth now abide,
Self-condemned I now should be;
My all is self and pride.
Guilty, guilty must I say,
Nothing, Lord, have I to plead:
Take, O take my sins away,
And make me free indeed.

4. No desire, or will have I
Thy mercy to embrace,
From thy arms of love I fly,
And slight thy proffered grace:
But thou didst my ransom pay,
But thy blood for me was shed:
Take, O take my sins away,
And make me free indeed.

 

5. Thy salvation to obtain,
Out of myself I go,
Freely thou must heal my pain,
Thy unbought mercy show:
For myself I cannot pray;
Let thy Spirit intercede:
Take, O take my sins away,
And make me free indeed.

6. Not because I willing am,
On me this grace be showed;
But thou art the atoning Lamb,
Therefore apply thy blood;
Therefore, Lord, no more delay,
Therefore heal my soul, and lead;
Take, O take my sins away,
And make me free indeed.

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