Our sins, alas! How strong they be
This is an hymn by Isaac Watts, 1709, his Hymn 86 of Book 2, entitled Freedom from sin and misery in heaven.
Settings by composers
- Daniel Belknap — Blendon
- Bartholomew Brown — Tunbridge
- William Hauser — Tunbridge
- Stephen Jenks — Repose
- Jacob Kimball — Tunbridge
Text and translations
Our sins, alas, how strong they be!
And like a violent sea,
They break our duty, Lord, to thee,
And hurry us away.
The waves of trouble, how they rise!
How loud the tempests roar!
But death shall land our weary souls
Safe on the heavenly shore.
There, to fulfill his sweet commands,
Our speedy feet shall move
No sin shall clog our winged zeal,
Or cool our burning love.
There shall we sit, and sing, and tell
The wonders of his grace,
Till heavenly raptures fire our hearts,
And smile in every face.
For ever his dear sacred name
Shall dwell upon our tongue,
And Jesus and salvation be
The close of every song.
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