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Sin enslaved me many years - The Heart Healed and Changed by Mercy (William Cowper/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

The Heart Healed and Changed by Mercy.

1. Sin enslaved me many years,
  and led me bound and blind;
till at length a thousand fears
  came swarming o'er my mind.
"Where," I said, in deep distress,
  "will these sinful pleasures end?
How shall I secure my peace,
  and make the Lord my friend?"

2. Friends and ministers said much
  the gospel to enforce;
but my blindness still was such,
  I chose a legal course:
much I fasted, watched, and strove,
  scarce would show my face abroad,
feared almost to speak or move,
  a stranger still to God.

3. Thus afraid to trust his grace,
  long time did I rebel;
till, despairing of my case,
  down at his feet I fell.
Then my stubborn heart he broke,
  and subdued me to his sway;
by a simple word he spoke,
  "Thy sins are done away."

William Cowper, The Complete Poetical Works of William Cowper, 1853(?), 263-264.

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