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Hymn score of: Not what these hands have done (Horatius Bonar/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

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Not what these hands have done
(Horatius Bonar/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Not what these Hands have done.

1. Not what these hands have done
  can save this guilty soul;
not what this toiling flesh has borne
  can make my spirit whole.

2. Not what I feel or do
  can give me peace with God;
not all my prayers, and sighs, and tears,
  can bear my awful load.

3. Thy work alone, O Christ,
  can ease this weight of sin;
thy blood alone, O Lamb of God,
  can give me peace within.

4. Thy love to me, O God,
  not mine, O Lord, to thee,
can rid me of this dark unrest,
  and set my spirit free.

5. Thy grace alone, O God,
  to me can pardon speak;
thy power alone, O Son of God,
  can this sore bondage break.

6. No other work save thine,
  no meaner blood will do;
no strength save that which is divine
  can bear me safely through.

7. I bless the Christ of God;
  I rest on love divine;
and with unfaltering lip and heart
  I call this Saviour mine.

8. His cross dispels each doubt;
  I bury in his tomb
each thought of unbelief and fear,
  each lingering shade of gloom.

9. I praise the God of grace;
  I trust his truth and might:
he calls me his, I call him mine,
  my God, my joy, my light.

10. In him is only good;
  in me is only ill:
my ill but draws his goodness forth,
  and me he loveth still.

11. 'Tis he who saveth me,
  and freely pardon gives;
I love because he loveth me,
  I live because he lives.

12. My life with him is hid,
  my death has passed away;
my clouds have melted into light,
  my midnight into day.

Horatius Bonar, Hymns of Faith and Hope II, 1872, 111-113.

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