O the bitter shame and sorrow

Sung during the Sunday worship at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London (Spurgeon’s).

Hymn 382 from our hymn book, Psalms & Hymns of Reformed Worship.

O THE bitter shame and sorrow,
That a time could ever be
When I let the Saviour’s pity
Plead in vain, and proudly answered,
‘All of self, and none of Thee.’

Yet He found me; I beheld Him
Bleeding on the accursèd tree,
Heard Him pray, ‘Forgive them, Father!’
And my wistful heart said faintly,
‘Some of self, and some of Thee.’

Day by day His tender mercy,
Healing, helping, full and free,
Sweet and strong, and O! so patient,
Brought me lower, while I whispered,
‘Less of self, and more of Thee.’

Higher than the highest heaven,
Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last has conquered;
Grant me now my soul’s desire,
‘None of self, and all of Thee!’

Author: Theodore Monod (1836-1921)
Tune: St Jude
Composer: Charles John Vincent (1852-1934)

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