Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.@John 1:29

Charles Wesley, Hymns and Sacred Poems (Bristol, England: Felix Farley, printer, 1742), pages 27-28.

Bromley (London), in the London Tune Book, before 1895 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

Jesus, great Redeemer, hear
A feeble sinner’s cry;
Thou in my behalf appear,
And bring salvation nigh:
To my Lord what shall I say?
Savior, I of Thee have need;
Take, O take my sins away,
And make me free indeed.

Thee all-lovely as Thou art,
Should I profess to love,
Surely my rebellious heart
The falsehood would disprove:
Thee my heart cannot obey
Till from every evil freed:
Take, O take my sins away,
And make me free indeed.

Should I say, that aught in me
Of God doth now abide,
Self condemned I now should be;
My all is self and pride.
Guilty, guilty must I say,
Nothing, Lord, have I to plead:
Take, O take my sins away,
And make me free indeed.

No desire, or will have I
Thy mercy to embrace;
From Thy arms of love I fly,
And slight Thy proffered grace:
But Thou didst my ransom pay,
But Thy blood for me was shed:
Take, O take my sins away,
And make me free indeed.

Thy salvation to obtain,
Out of myself I go,
Freely Thou must heal my pain,
Thy unbought mercy show:
For myself I cannot pray;
Let Thy Spirit intercede:
Take, O take my sins away,
And make me free indeed.

Not because I willing am,
On me this grace be showed;
But Thou art th’atoning Lamb,
Therefore apply Thy blood;
Therefore, Lord, no more delay,
Therefore heal my soul, and lead;
Take, O take my sins away,
And make me free indeed.