Not for our sins alone (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2021-02-08)  CPDL #62777:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-08).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 39 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2021-02-08)  CPDL #62776:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-08).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 110 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Not for our sins alone
Composer: Anonymous
Tune: Old 120th
Lyricist: Henry Twells

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 66. 66. 66

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 229
Description: Melody from Psalms, 1570

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Original text and translations

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Not for our sins alone
thy mercy, Lord, we sue;
let fall thy pitying glance
on our devotions too,
what we have done for thee,
and what we think to do.

The holiest hours we spend
in prayer upon our knees,
the times when most we deem
our songs of praise will please,
thou searcher of all hearts,
forgiveness pour on these.

And all the gifts we bring,
and all the vows we make,
and all the acts of love
we plan for thy dear sake,
into thy pardoning thought,
O God of mercy, take.

And most, when we, thy flock,
before thine altar bend,
and strange, bewildering thoughts
with those sweet moments blend,
by him whose death we plead,
good Lord, thy help extend.

Bow down thine ear and hear,
open thine eyes and see;
our very love is shame,
and we must come to thee
to make it of thy grace
what thou wouldst have it be.