Every perfect gift is from above.@James 1:17

John Ellerton, in Church Hymns with Tunes, edited by Arthur S. Sullivan (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1874), number 107.

Wigan (Graham) Thomas Graham, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John Ellerton (1826-1893)

Giver of the perfect gift!
Only hope of human race!
Hear the prayer our hearts uplift
Trembling at Thy throne of grace.

Though the accusing voice within
Speaks of many a wrong to Thee,
Thou canst cleanse from every sin,
Thou canst set the conscience free.

Who can save us, Lord, but Thou?
Let Thy mercy show Thy power;
Lo, we plead Thy promise now,
Now, in this accepted hour.

Oh! may these our Lenten days,
Blest by Thee, with Thee be passed,
That with purer, nobler praise
We may keep Thy feast at last.

God the holy Trinity,
Grant the mercy we implore;
God the One, all praise to Thee
Through the ages evermore!