What can a sinner do like me (Benjamin Milgrove)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-12-01).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Title: What can a sinner do like me
Composer: Benjamin Milgrove
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1768 in Sixteen hymns, no.  
Description:  The general congregation (sometimes divided into men and women) should sing the Air, accompanying harmonies to be taken by the choir.

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Original text and translations

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What can a sinner do like me,
When struck by an almighty power,
And sunk in deepest misery?
Nothing but wait at mercy's door.

What eye can see, what heart can love,
What hand relieve my misery?
None but the Saviour's from above,
Who for my sins did bleed and die.

No other object would I find
To ease, indulge, or please my mind:
Here would I leave my fruitless strife,
And prove hid death the Christian's life.

Surely in mercy He'll pass by,
And view a wretched slave of sin:
Pity will move Him to come nigh,
And wash a filthy creature clean.

In mercy, Lord, thy creature see,
And spread thy skirt my shame to hide:
O speak the word, and I shall be
Clothed with thy robe, and justified.

Then shall my happy soul enjoy
A lasting peace in Thee, my God:
Thee my whole business and employ