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“I said unto thee … Live.” Ezek. 16. 6; Eph. 2. 4, 5

T. Kelly   8.7.7.

1
When we lay in sin polluted,
Wretched and undone we were;
All we saw and heard was suited
Only to produce despair;
Ours appeared a hopeless case;
Such it had been, but for grace.

2
As we lay exposed and friendless,
Needing what no hand could give,
Then the Lord (whose praise be endless)
Passèd by, and bid us live;
This was help in time of need;
This was grace, ’twas grace indeed.

3
Yes, ’twas grace beyond all measure,
When he bid such sinners live,
Laid aside his just displeasure,
And determined to forgive;
But he chose our hopeless case,
With a view to show his grace.

4
And shall we be found forgetful
Of the Lord, who thus forgave?
Lord, our hearts are most deceitful,
’Tis in thee our strength we have;
Should’st thou let thy people go,
They’d forget how much they owe.

5
Keep us, then, O keep us ever!
While we stand, ’tis in thy strength;
Leave us not, forsake us never,
Till we see thy face at length;
Hold thy helpless people fast;
Save us, Lord, from first to last.