"I do Not Come Because My Soul"
                             by Frank B. St. John
                                  Text From:
                              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.

Notes: 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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