Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ

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1 Your works, not mine, O Christ,
speak gladness to this heart;
they tell me all is done.
they bid my fear depart.

To whom but you, who can alone
for sin atone, Lord, shall I flee?

2 Your blood, not mine, O Christ,
can heal my sinful soul;
your wounds, not mine, contain
the balm that makes me whole. [Refrain]

3 Your cross, not mine, O Christ,
has borne the awful load
of sins that none could bear
but the incarnate God. [Refrain]

4 Your death, not mine, O Christ,
has paid the ransom due;
ten thousand deaths like mine
would have been all too few. [Refrain]

5 Your righteousness, O Christ,
alone can cover me;
no other righteousness
can set a sinner free. [Refrain]

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #560

Author: Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >



Composed by John Darwall (b. Haughton, Staffordshire, England, 1731; d. Walsall, Staffordshire, England, 1789), DARWALL'S 148TH was first published as a setting for Psalm 148 in Aaron William's New Universal Psalmodist (1770) with only soprano and bass parts. The harmonization dates from the ninete…

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