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A DEBTOR to mercy alone,
    Of covenant mercy I sing;
Nor fear, with Thy righteousness on,
    My person and offering to bring.
2  The terrors of law and of God
    With me can have nothing to do;
My Saviour’s obedience and blood
    Hide all my transgressions from view.
3  The work which His goodness began,
    The arm of His strength will complete;
His promise is Yea and Amen,
    And never was forfeited yet.
4  Things future, nor things that are now,
    Nor all things below or above,
Can make Him His purpose forgo,
    Or sever my soul from His love.
5  My name from the palms of His hands
    Eternity will not erase;
Impressed on His heart it remains,
    In marks of indelible grace.
6  Yes, I to the end shall endure,
    As sure as the earnest is given;
More happy, but not more secure,
    The glorified spirits in Heaven.
Augustus Montague Toplady, 1740-78