O Saviour, I have nought to plead

O Saviour, I have nought to plead. Jane Crewdson* (1809-1863). From Crewdson’s ‘A Little While’, and Other Poems (Manchester, 1864), the book by ‘Mrs T. D. Crewdson’ published after her death by her husband. It was the last hymn in the book. It was preceded by: ‘The following lines, the author’s last, were dictated by her after a day of intense suffering.’ This gives a poignant emphasis to the first two lines of stanza 2: but the whole hymn serves as a farewell to life by a deeply religious woman in a very moving way: Oh Saviour! I have nought to plead,   In earth beneath, or heaven above; But just my own exceeding need,     And Thy exceeding love. The need will soon be past and gone,...

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