"Not What These Hands have Done"
by Horatius Bonar, 1808-1899
THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)
1. Not what these hands have done
Can save this guilty soul;
Not what this toiling flesh has borne
Can make my spirit whole.
2. Not what I feel or do
Can give me peace with God;
Not all my prayers and sighs and tears
Can bear my awe-full load.
3. Thy work alone, O Christ,
Can ease this weight of sin;
Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God,
Can give me peace within.
4. Thy love to me, O God,
Not mine, O Lord to Thee,
Can rid me of this dark unrest
And set my spirit free.
5. Thy grace alone, O God,
To me can pardon speak;
Thy power alone, O Son of God,
Can this sore bondage break.
6. I bless the Christ of God,
I rest on love divine,
And with unfaltering lip and heart
I call this Savior mine.
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Hymn #389 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Eph. 2:8, 9
Author: Horatius Bonar, 1861, cento
Composer: Samuel Howard, 1762
Tune: "St. Bride"
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