"I do Not Come Because My Soul"
by Frank B. St. John
THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)
1. I do not come because my soul
Is free from sin and pure and whole
And worthy of Thy grace;
I do not speak to Thee because
I've never justly kept Thy laws
And dare to meet Thy face.
2. I know that sin and guilt combine
To reign o'er every thought of mine
And torn from good to ill;
I know that, when I try to be
Upright and just and true to Thee,
I am a sinner still.
3. I know that often when I strive
To keep a spark of love alive
For Thee, the powers within
Leap up in unsubmissive might
And oft benumb my sense of right
And pull me back to sin.
4. I know that, though in doing good
I spend my life, I never could
Atone for all I've done;
But though my sins are black as night,
I dare to come before Thy sight
Because I trust Thy Son.
5. In Him alone my trust I place,
Come boldly to Thy Throne of grace,
And there commune with Thee.
Salvation sure, O Lord, is mine,
And, all unworthy, I am Thine,
For Jesus died for me.
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Hymn #379 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Rom. 7:19-25
Author: Frank B. St. John, 1878
Composer: German melody, c. 1400
Tune: "Kommt her zu mir"
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