Russell and Duenes

Behold, I am Vile!

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I have found this hymn by John Newton to be very profitable for my soul. Confession of our guilt has become sparse in our modern age, and these words give me a good foundation for confession and humility before the Almighty God.

Behold I am Vile

O LORD, how vile am I,
Unholy, and unclean!
How can I dare to venture nigh
With such a load of sin?

Is this polluted heart
A dwelling fit for thee?
Swarming, alas! in every part,
What evils do I see!

If I attempt to pray,
And lisp thy holy name;
My thoughts are hurried soon away,
I know not where I am.

If in thy word I look,
Such darkness fills my mind,
I only read a sealed book,
But no relief can find.

Thy gospel oft I hear,
But hear it still in vain;
Without desire, or love, or fear,
I like a stone remain.

Myself can hardly bear
This wretched heart of mine;
How hateful then must it appear
To those pure eyes of thine?

And must I then indeed
Sink in despair and die?
Fain would I hope that thou didst bleed
For such a wretch as I.

That blood which thou hast spilt;
That grace which is thine own;
Can cleanse the vilest sinner’s guilt,
And soften hearts of stone.

Low at thy feet I bow,
O pity and forgive;
Here will I lie and wait, till thou
Shalt bid me rise and live.


Written by Michael Duenes

September 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Posted in Duenes, Poetry

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  1. Hah! I’d really like to hear that one put to music:) While I have consciously felt all those verses, I am affected most by the last, which bids us to wait.

    Jules Green

    September 20, 2010 at 1:10 pm

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