Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and before thee. Luke 15:18
Words: Johann Franck, in Geistliche Kirchenmelodien, by Johann Crüger (Leipzig, Germany: 1649) (Herr, ich habe missgehandelt). Translated from German to English by Catherine Winkworth, Chorale Book for England, 1863, number 44.
Lord, to Thee I make confession;
I have sinned and gone astray,
I have multiplied transgression,
Chosen for myself my way.
Led by Thee to see my errors,
Lord, I tremble at Thy terrors.
Yet, though conscience’s voice appall me,
Father, I will seek Thy face;
Tho’ Thy child I dare not call me,
Yet receive me to Thy grace.
Do not for my sins forsake me;
Do not let Thy wrath o’ertake me.
For Thy Son did suffer for me,
Gave Himself to rescue me,
Died to heal me and restore me,
Reconciled me unto Thee.
’Tis alone His cross can vanquish
These dark fears and soothe this anguish.
Then on Him I cast my burden,
Sink it in the depths below.
Let me know Thy gracious pardon,
Wash me, make me white as snow.
Let Thy Spirit leave me never;
Make me only Thine forever.