Â‘ACCORDING TO HIS MERCY HE SAVED US’
Not for zeal wherewith I’ve striven,
Nor reward for my behaviour,
but in mercy hast Thou given
Life eternal, loving Saviour!
Nor the good my soul possesses
Could I ever yield Thee payment,
Since my very righteousnesses
All were but as filthy raiment?
Righteous Saviour, Thou didst render
True obedience in Thy living,
And that robe of fadeless splendour
Now is mineÂ—the Father’s giving:
Wisely, wondrously ’tis suited
To the soul its need bemoaning,
Through the blood of Thine atoning.
Holy Saviour, in Thy dying
Thou didst know such agonising,
Sinful men around, despising:
But o’er all Thou wast victorious,
Hadst Thy due in resurrection,
Son of God, the King all-glorious
Light of lights, and all Perfection!
Since. Lord Jesus, in Thy beauty
I am seen without transgression,
It shall be my loving duty
In my life to give expression
To the heavenly love that, rising
As the sun, my cold heart warmeth,
To the power that, energising,
In Thine own, Thine image formeth.
Yea, my Lord, by Thy direction
I would follow where Thou leadest:
Object of my soul’s affection,
Teach me, tell me, where Thou feedest,
Whither Thou Thy flock art guiding
For with them I would be learning,
At Thy blessed feet abiding,
Till the hour of Thy returning.