Christ My Song - 642
We stand in deep repentance - Penitential hymn
(Ray Palmer/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
(From the German.)
This hymn is a very free translation of a German hymn, made many years since, from an author whose name was not noted, and has been forgotten. It has kept its place in the manuals for public worship.
1. We stand in deep repentance,
before thy throne of love;
O God of grace, forgive us,
the stain of guilt remove;
behold us while with weeping
we lift our eyes to thee;
and all our sins subduing,
our Father, set us free! (PDF - Midi)
2. O, shouldst thou from us fallen
withhold thy grace to guide,
for ever we should wander,
from thee, and peace, aside:
but thou to spirits contrite
dost light and life impart,
that many learn to serve thee
with thankful, joyous heart.
3. Our souls, – on thee we cast them,
our only refuge thou!
Thy cheering words revive us,
when pressed with grief we bow:
thou bear'st the trusting spirit
upon thy loving breast,
and givest all thy ransomed
a sweet, unending rest.
Ray Palmer, in: The Poetical Works of Ray Palmer, 1876, 114.