Scripture Verse

Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and before thee…make me as one of thy hired servants. Luke 15:18–19


Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: Hel­en Hunt Jack­son, 1885 (writ­ten four days be­fore her death).

Music: Sa­gi­na Tho­mas Camp­bell, Bou­quet 1825 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–1885)


Father, I scarce­ly dare to pray,
So clear I see, now it is done,
How I have wast­ed half my day,
And left my work but just be­gun.
So clear I see that things I thought
Were right or harm­less were a sin;
So clear I see that I have sought,
Unconscious, self­ish aims to win.

So clear I see that I have hurt
The souls I might have helped to save;
That I have sloth­ful been, inert,
Deaf to the calls Thy lead­ers gave.
In out­skirts of Thy king­doms vast
Father, the hum­blest spot give me;
Set me the low­li­est task Thou hast,
Let me re­pent­ant work for Thee.