My sins, my sins, my Saviour

My sins, my sins, my Saviour. John Samuel Bewley Monsell* (1811-1875). From Monsell’s Hymns of Love and Praise for the Church’s Year (1863), where it was entitled ‘Ash Wednesday’. It was preceded by a quotation from Psalm 40: 15: ‘My sins have taken such a hold on me that I am not able to look up; yea, they are more in number than the hairs of my head, and my heart hath failed me.’ Philip Schaff* included it in Christ in Song (New York, 1869), and thereafter it became well known in America. It had four stanzas: My sins, my sins, my Saviour!   They take such hold on me, I am not able to look up,   Save only, Christ, to Thee: In Thee is all forgiveness,   In Thee abundant grace, My shadow...

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