I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation.@Isaiah 12:2

Edward G. Taylor (1830-1887).

George C. Stebbins, in Gospel Hymns No. 6, edited by Ira D. Sankey, James McGranahan & George C. Stebbins (Cincinnati, Ohio/New York/Chicago, Illinois: John Church/Biglow & Main, 1891), number 48 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George C. Stebbins (1846-1945)

Not saved are we by trying,
From self can come no aid;
’Tis on the blood relying,
Once for our ransom paid;
’Tis looking unto Jesus,
The holy One and Just;
’Tis His great work that saves us,
It is not Try, but Trust.

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It is not Try, but Trust;
It is not Try, but Trust;
’Tis His great work that saves us;
It is not Try, but Trust.

’Twas vain for Israel bitten
By serpents on their way,
To look to their own doing,
That awful plague to stay;
The only way for healing,
When humbled in the dust,
Was of the Lord’s revealing,
It was not Try, but Trust.

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No deeds of ours are needed
To make Christ’s merit more;
No frames of mind, or feelings,
Can add to His great store;
’Tis simply to receive Him,
The holy One and Just,
’Tis only to believe Him,
It was not Try, but Trust.

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