LORD, we confess our numerous faults,
    How great our guilt has been!
Foolish and vain were all our thoughts,
    And all our lives were sin.
2  But, O my soul! for ever praise,
    For ever love His name,
Who turns my feet from all the ways
    Of folly, sin and shame.
3  ’Tis not by works of righteousness
    Which our own hands have done;
But we are saved by sovereign grace
    Abounding through His Son.
4  ’Tis by the mercy of our God
    That all our hopes begin;
’Tis by the water and the blood
    Our souls are washed from sin.
5  ’Tis by the purchase of our God,
    Who hung and suffered thus,
The Spirit—breathing through the Word,
    Awakens such as us.
6  Raised from the dead, we live anew;
    And, justified by grace,
We shall appear in glory too,
    And see our Father’s face.
Isaac Watts, 1674-1748