Scripture Verse

Repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. Acts 26:20

Introduction

Words: Sarah Will­iams, Twi­light Hours 1868, alt.

Music: Peace George W. Chad­wick, 1890 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Williams (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
George W. Chadwick
(1854–1931)

Lyrics

Because I knew not when my life was good,
And when there was a light upon my path,
But turned my soul perversely to the dark,
O Lord, I do repent.

Because I held upon my selfish road,
And left my brother wounded by the way,
And called ambition duty, and pressed on,
O Lord, I do repent.

Because I spent the strength Thou gavest me
In struggle which Thou never didst ordain,
And have imperfect life to offer Thee,
O Lord, I do repent.

Because I was impatient, would not wait,
And thrust my willful hand across Thy threads,
And marred the pattern drawn out for my life,
O Lord, I do repent.

Because Thou hast borne with me all this while,
Hast smitten me with love until I weep,
Hast called me as a mother calls her child,
O Lord, I do repent.