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.
Your voice alone, O Lord, can speak to me of grace;
Your power alone, O Son of God, can all my sin erase.
No other work but Yours, no other blood will do;
No strength but that which is divine can bear me safely through.
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.
I bless the Christ of God; I rest on love divine;
And with unfaltering lip and heart I call this Savior mine.
His cross dispels each doubt; I bury in His tomb
Each thought of unbelief and fear, each lingering shade of gloom.
I praise the God of grace; I trust His truth and might;
He calls me His, I call Him mine, My God, my joy and light.
’Tis He Who saveth me, and freely pardon gives;
I love because He loveth me, I live because He lives.
~Horatius Bonar, 1808-1889~
2 Replies to “Thy work alone, O Christ”
I love this hymn! It’s definitely one of my favorites from the Trinity hymnal.
I don’t know if you remember us, but Hilary and I found the link to this blog on Laura Dahlin’s blog, and have loved reading what you write. :o)
Blessings through Him Who gives us life, hope, and peace!
Melissa, this is one of my favorite hymns! I cannot sing this without getting teary, especially the last verse…..’He calls me His, I call Him mine, my God, my joy, my light’…..
Blessings my dear friend!