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BEHOLD I AM VILE




O Lord, how vile am I,
Unholy, and unclean!
How can I dare to venture nigh
With such a load of sin?


Is this polluted heart
A dwelling fit for thee?
Swarming, alas! I in every part,
What evils do I see!


If I attempt to pray,
And lisp thy holy name;
My thoughts are hurried soon away,
I know not where I am.


If in thy word I look,
Such darkness fills my mind,
I only read a sealed book,
But no relief can find.


Thy gospel oft I hear,
But hear it still in vain;
Without desire, or love, or fear,
I like a stone remain.


Myself can hardly bear
This wretched heart of mine;
How hateful then must it appear
To those pure eyes of thine?


And must I then indeed
Sink in despair and die?
Fain would I hope that thou didst bleed
For such a wretch as I.


That blood which thou hast spilt;
That grace which is thine own;
Can cleanse the vilest sinner’s guilt,
And soften hearts of stone.


Low at thy feet I bow,
O pity and forgive;
Here will I lie and wait, till thou
Shalt bid me rise and live.


---Alternative verses---


If I attempt to pray,
And raise my soul on high,
My thoughts are hurry'd fast away.
For sin is ever nigh.


Thy gospel oft I hear,
But hear it still in vain;
Without desire, or love, or fear,
Hardened I still remain.

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LYRICS
Meter: 6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates:
      Bible Refs:
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1866# 733
      MUSIC
      Name: SILCHESTER
      Meter: 6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates:
        SCORE PREVIEW
        score
        LIST OF MUSIC SOURCES
        Hymn/Song Book Song # Key
        # 55D
        # 86D
        # 242D
        # 363Eb
        # 722 No key
        # 682.1 No key
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
        6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
        6 6 8 6 D (D.S.M.)
        6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
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