Scripture Verse

A friend of tax collectors and sinners. Luke 7:34


W. Howard Doane (1832–1915)

Words: Hen­ry L. More­house, in the Ex­am­in­er, then in Good as Gold, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert Lo­wry & How­ard Doane (New York & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1880), num­ber 97.

Music: Dal­ma­tia W. How­ard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

Henry L. Morehouse (1834–1917)


Friend of sinners, hear my plea,
God be merciful to me;
Sinful though my heart be found,
Let Thy grace much more abound;
In the riches of Thy grace
Finds my soul its resting place.


Cleanse and clothe this heart of mine
With Thy right­eous­ness divine.

Then, my advocate with God,
Grant forgiveness thro’ Thy blood;
With my heart I now believe,
Thy atonement I receive;
Freely with my mouth confess
Thee, my Lord, my right­eous­ness.


Now I glo­ry in Thy cross,
What was gain I count but loss;
Count but shame my former pride,
Self with Thee is cru­ci­fied;
Cleanse me, clothe me in the dress
Of Thy spotless right­eous­ness.


Trusting Thee, O Christ, my king,
Shall my soul Thy praises sing;
Saved by Thee, Thou Holy One;
Not by works which I have done;
Heart and tongue confess again,
Thine the glo­ry, Lord, Amen.