Just as I am, without one plea
Just as I am, without one plea. Charlotte Elliott* (1789-1871).
First published in leaflet form and then in the 1841 Edition of The Invalid’s Hymn Book, published in Dublin. It was also published in the Fourth Edition of Hours of Sorrow Cheered and Comforted (1849) with an additional final stanza. It is headed: ‘Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out’ (John 6: 37). In the original version, it was in six stanzas of three lines followed by a short refrain (the device of a short final line was favoured by Elliott: it is also found in ‘Christian, seek not yet repose’*). Many books omit the original stanza 2:
Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
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