"Alas, My God, My Sins Are Great"
                          by Johann Major, 1564-1654
                 Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878
                                  Text From:
                              THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
                 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

        1. Alas, my God, my sins are great,
        My conscience doth upbraid me;
        And now I find that in my strait
        No man hath power to aid me.

        2. And fled I hence in my despair
        In some lone spot to hide me,
        My griefs would still be with me there
        And peace still be denied me.

        3. Lord, Thee I seek, I merit naught;
        Yet pity and restore me.
        Just God, be not Thy wrath my lot;
        Thy Son hath suffered for me.

        4. If pain and woe must follow sin,
        Then be my path still rougher.
        Here spare me not; if heaven I win,
        On earth I gladly suffer.

        5. But curb my heart, forgive my guilt,
        Make Thou my patience firmer;
        For they must miss the good Thou wilt
        Who at Thy chastenings murmur.

        6. Then deal with me as seems Thee best--
        Thy grace will help me bear it
        If but at last I see Thy rest
        And with my Savior share it.
Notes: Hymn #317 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Ps. 38:4 Author: Johann Major, 1613 Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt. Titled: "Ach Gott und Herr, wie gross und schwer" Tune: "Ach Gott und Herr" 1st Published in: _Andachts-Zymbeln_ Town: Freyberg, 1655
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