Johann Heermann, 1630, v.5 unknown, 1661; German text
If Thy beloved Son, O God,|
Had not to earth descended
And in our mortal flesh and blood
Had not sin's power ended,
Then this poor, wretched soul of mine
In hell eternally would pine
Because of its transgression.
2. But now I find sweet peace and rest,
3. I trust in Him with all my heart;|
Now all my sorrow ceases;
His words abiding peace impart,
His blood from guilt releases.
Free grace through Him I now obtain;
He washes me from every stain,
And pure I stand before Him.
4. All righteousness by works is vain,
5. My guilt, O Father, Thou hast laid|
On Christ, Thy Son, my Savior.
Lord Jesus, Thou my debt hast paid
And gained for me God's favor.
O Holy Ghost, Thou Fount of grace,
The good in me to Thee I trace;
In faith do Thou preserve me.
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