Weary of earth, and laden with my sin

Weary of earth, and laden with my sin. Samuel John Stone* (1839-1900).  Written in 1866, and first published in Stone’s Lyra Fidelium: Twelve Hymns on the Twelve Articles of the Apostles’ Creed (Oxford and London, 1866). It was the hymn on ‘Article X’, entitled ‘the forgiveness of sins’, followed by a quotation: ‘Her sins, which were many, are forgiven; for she loved much.’ This refers to the woman who anointed Jesus’s feet with ointment (Luke 7: 47), which was referred to in the final stanza: Nought can I bring, dear Lord, for all I owe, Yet let my full heart, what it can, bestow; Like that sweet nard, let my devotion prove, Greatly forgiven, how I greatly love. The ‘nard’ is spikenard,...

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