Scripture Verse

All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23


Words: F. L. Cor­nish, in Un­fad­ing Trea­sures, ed­it­ed by Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick, Tul­li­us C. O’Kane & John Swe­ney (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio; Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois; St. Lou­is, Mis­sou­ri; and Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Cran­ston & Cur­tis and John J. Hood, 1893), num­ber 189.

Music: Wa­na­mak­er John R. Swe­ney, 1892 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Cor­nish’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


I wish that I had ne­ver sinned,
But since that can­not be,
I’ll lay my guil­ty bur­den on
The Lamb of Cal­va­ry.

I feel the shame, I know the guilt,
My soul cries out in pain;
Dear Je­sus, pu­ri­fy me now,
And make me whole again.

The sad­dest hour my life has known
Is that where­in I strayed
Away from God’s di­vine com­mand,
And pe­ni­tence de­layed.

But pe­ni­tent to­day I come,
Almighty God, to Thee;
For Je­sus’ sake, in­cline Thine ear,
Accept my hum­ble plea.

Speak to my soul in Thine own way,
Relieve its weight of care,
Teach me to go on and sin no more,
That I Thy peace may share.