…Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.@Romans 3:25

Attributed to Johannes Schneesing, 1542 (Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ); translated from German to English by Arthur T. Russell, Psalms and Hymns, 1851, alt.

Allein zu Dir Nuremburg, Germany, 1541; harmony by Johann S. Bach, 1750 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Johann S. Bach (1685-1750)

In Thee alone, O Christ, my Lord,
My hope on earth remaineth;
I know Thou wilt Thine aid afford,
Naught else my soul sustaineth.
No strength of man, no earthly stay,
Can help me in the evil day;
Thou, only Thou, canst aid supply.
To Thee I cry;
On Thee I bid my heart rely.

My sins, O Lord, against me rise,
I mourn them with contrition;
Grant, thro’ Thy death and sacrifice,
To me a full remission.
Lord, show before the Father’s throne
That Thou didst for my sins atone;
So shall I from my load be freed.
Thy Word I plead;
Keep me, O Lord, each hour of need.

O Lord, in mercy stay my heart
On faith’s most sure foundation
And to my inmost soul impart
Thy perfect consolation.
Fill all my life with love to Thee,
T’ward all men grant me charity;
And at the last, when comes my end,
Thy succor send.
From Satan’s wiles my soul defend.