1 LORD, we confess our numerous faults,
How great our guilt has been!
Foolish and vain were all our thoughts,
And all our lives were sin.
2 But, O my soul! forever praise,
Forever love His name,
Who turns thy feet from dangerous ways
Of folly, sin, and shame.
3 ’Tis not by works of righteousness
Which our own hands have done;
But we are saved by sovereign grace
Abounding through His Son.
4 ’Tis from the mercy of our God
That all our hopes begin;
’Tis by the water and the blood
Our souls are wash’d from sin.
5 ’Tis through the purchase of His death
Who hung upon the tree,
The Spirit is sent down to breathe
On such dry bones as we.
6 Raised from the dead, we live anew;
And, justified by grace,
We shall appear in glory too,
And see our Father’s face.
Isaac Watts, 1709.
C. H. Spurgeon, Our Own Hymn Book: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Public, Social and Private Worship, (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1883).