All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Words: F. L. Cornish, in Unfading Treasures, edited by William J. Kirkpatrick, Tullius C. O’Kane & John Sweney (Cincinnati, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Cranston & Curtis and John J. Hood, 1893), number 189.
If you know Cornish’s full name, or where to get a good photo of him (head & shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
I wish that I had never sinned,
But since that cannot be,
I’ll lay my guilty burden on
The Lamb of Calvary.
I feel the shame, I know the guilt,
My soul cries out in pain;
Dear Jesus, purify me now,
And make me whole again.
The saddest hour my life has known
Is that wherein I strayed
Away from God’s divine command,
And penitence delayed.
But penitent today I come,
Almighty God, to Thee;
For Jesus’ sake, incline Thine ear,
Accept my humble plea.
Speak to my soul in Thine own way,
Relieve its weight of care,
Teach me to go on and sin no more,
That I Thy peace may share.