Scripture Verse

The mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 21


Elisha A. Hoffman (1839–1929)

Words: Eli­sha A. Hoff­man, in Gold­en Leaves, ed­it­ed by Ben­ja­min Nyse­wan­der (Day­ton, Ohio: Unit­ed Breth­ren Pub­lish­ing House, 1880), num­ber 62.

Music: Ben­ja­min F. Nyse­wan­der (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Nyse­wan­der (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Tho’ far I have strayed from the fold of the Lord,
Tho’ oft I have slight­ed His Spir­it and Word,
Yet hum­bled, re­pent­ant, to Je­sus I flee,
Knowing that His won­drous grace
Can save ev­en me.


Wonderful love—flow­ing so free!
There is grace and mer­cy for a sin­ner like me.

Tho’ deep­ly my soul is pol­lut­ed by sin,
Tho’ I am de­praved and un­ho­ly with­in,
Yet trust­ing for mer­cy I come, Lord, to Thee,
Knowing that Thy blood has pow­er
To save ev­en me.


O Lord! I am weak­est of all that may come,
But yet in Thy bo­som of love there is room;
I know Thou wilt wel­come a sin­ner like me,
Thou hast ful­ly pur­chased peace
And par­don for me.


Receive me, my Sav­ior, and save me from sin;
Remove all the guilt and de­file­ment with­in;
I’m trust­ing alone for sal­va­tion in Thee,
Let Thy tend­er mer­cy fall
This mo­ment on me.