I left the God of truth and light,
I left the God who gave me breath,
To wander in the wilds of night,
And perish in the snares of death.
Sweet was His service, and His yoke
Was light and easy to be borne;
Through all His bonds of love I broke,
I cast away His gifts with scorn.
I danced in folly’s giddy maze,
And drank the sea, and chased the wind;
But falsehood lurked in all her ways,
Her laughter left remorse behind.
I dreamed of bliss in pleasure’s bowers,
While pillowing roses stayed my head;
But serpents hissed among the flowers;
I woke, and thorns were all my bed.
In riches when I sought for joy,
And placed in sordid gains my trust,
I found that gold was all alloy,
And worldly treasure fleeting dust.
I wooed ambition, climbed the pole,
And shone among the stars—but fell,
Headlong, in all my pride of soul,
Like Lucifer, from Heav’n to hell.
Heart-broken, friendless, poor, cast down,
Where shall the chief of sinners fly,
Almighty Vengeance, from Thy frown?
Eternal Justice, from Thine eye?
Lo, through the gloom of guilty fears,
My faith discerns a dawn of grace;
The Sun of Righteousness appears
In Jesus’ reconciling face.
My suffering, slain, and risen Lord,
In sore distress I turn to Thee;
I claim acceptance on Thy word;
My God, my God, forsake not me.
Prostrate before the mercy seat,
I dare not, if I would, despair;
None ever perished at Thy feet,
And I will lie for ever there.