204. And Wilt Thou Pardon, Lord

And wilt Thou pardon, LORD,
A sinner such as I?
Although Thy book his crimes record
Of such a crimson dye?

So deep are they engraved,—
So terrible their fear,
The righteous scarcely shall be saved,
And where shall I appear?

My soul, make all things known
To Him Who all things sees:
That so the LAMB may yet atone
For thine iniquities.

O Thou Physician blest,
Make clean my guilty soul!
And me, by many a sin oppressed,
Restore, and keep me whole!

I know not how to praise
Thy mercy and Thy love:
But deign Thy servant to upraise,
And I shall learn above!

Translator: John Mason Neale (1862)
Author: Joseph of the Studium, Saint, 762-832

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