John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 10
Nay, I cannot let Thee go,|
Till a blessing thou bestow;
Do not turn away thy face,
Mine's an urgent pressing case.
2. Dost thou ask me, who I am?
3. Thou didst once a wretch behold,
4. Once a sinner near despair,|
Sought thy mercy-seat by prayer;
Mercy heard and set him free,
Lord, that mercy came to me,
5. Many years have passed since then,
6. Thou hast helped in every need,
7. No - I must maintain my hold,|
'Tis thy goodness makes me bold;
I can no denial take,
When I plead for Jesu's sake.
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