Christ My Song - 1275
I have sinned, but thou hast suffered
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
I have sinned, but thou hast suffered.
"Suffered for sins, the just for the unjust ." (1 Peter 3,18)
1. I have sinned, but thou hast suffered,
thou hast suffered, Lord, for sin:
thou art, Lord, the victim offered,
and by thee we enter in:
enter into favour here,
and at length in heav'n appear.
2. This affords me consolation,
all that I, a sinner, have;
'tis thy love, thy free salvation,
'tis thy grace, and pow'r to save.
These are themes that make me glad,
silent otherwise, and sad.
3. Thee, O Lord, I love to think of,
good it is to think of thee.
When I stood upon the brink of
ruin, thou didst think of me.
When all other doors were closed,
then thy mercy interposed.
4. Now I look, through grace, to see thee,
as thou art, in heav'n above;
time there was, when I would flee thee,
when I valued not thy love.
But for grace, 'twould be so still,
grace alone could change my will.
5. Thou hast done it; praise I give thee,
but what shame belongs to me!
Saviour, let me cease to grieve thee,
let me not unthankful be.
Take this evil heart of mine,
take it, Lord, and make it thine.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 721.