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Conviction of Sin by the Law. Rom. 5. 20

I. Watts                                               C.M.

    1
Lord, how secure my conscience was,
And felt no inward dread!
I was alive without thy law,
And thought my sins were dead.

2
My hopes of heaven were firm and bright,
But since the precept came
With a convincing power and light,
I find how vile I am.

3
[My guilt appeared but small before,
Till terribly I saw
How perfect, holy, just, and pure
Was thy eternal law!

4
Then felt my soul the heavy load;
My sins revived again;
I had provoked a dreadful God,
And all my hopes were slain.]

5
Thy gracious throne I bow beneath;
Lord, thou alone canst save;
O break the yoke of sin and death,
And thus redeem the slave.