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King of Peace 74b

The Sacred Harp, 1991 (Denson) Edition

Composer: Arranged by F. Price, 1835
Alto: Seaborn McDaniel Denson, 1911
Poet: John Newton, 1779
Meter: 7s (7,7,7,7)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
Lord, I cannot let Thee go,
Till a blessing Thou bestow:
Do not turn away Thy face,
Mine’s an urgent, pressing case.

Nay, I cannot let thee go,, Stanza 1
Dost Thou ask me who I am?
Ah, my Lord, Thou know’st my name:
Yet the question gives a plea
To support my suit with Thee.

Nay, I cannot let thee go,, Stanza 2
Thou didst once a wretch behold,
In rebellion blindly bold,
Scorn Thy grace, Thy pow’r defy;
That poor rebel, Lord, was I.

Nay, I cannot let thee go,, Stanza 3