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Not What My Hands Have Done

Words by Horatius Bonar (1808-1889), 1864
Tune: LEOMINSTER by George William Martin (1825-1881), 1864
Key signature: D major (2 sharps)
Time signature: 4/4
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1. Not what my hands have done Can save my guilty soul; Not what my toiling flesh has borne Can make my spirit whole. Not what I feel or do Can give me peace with God; Not all my prayers and sighs and tears Can bear my awful load.
2. Thy work alone, O Christ, Can ease this weight of sin; Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God, Can give me peace within. Thy love to me, O God, Not mine, O Lord to Thee, Can rid me of this dark unrest And set my spirit free.
3. Thy grace alone, O God, To me can pardon speak; Thy pow’r alone, O Son of God, Can this sore bondage break. No other work, save Thine, No other blood will do; No strength, save that which is divine, Can bear me safely through.
4. I bless the Christ of God; I rest on love divine; And with unfalt’ring lip and heart I call this Savior mine. This cross dispels each doubt; I bury in His tomb Each thought of unbelief and fear, Each ling’ring shade of gloom.
5. I praise the God of grace; I trust His truth and might; He calls me His, I call Him mine, My God, my joy, my light. ’Tis He who saveth me, And freely pardon gives; I love because He loveth me, I live because He lives.