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Nay, I cannot let thee go,

My Name is Jacob.
Genesis Chap. xxxii. 27.

Poet: John Newton, 1779
Meter: 7s (7,7,7,7)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
Nay, I cannot let thee go,
Till a blessing thou bestow;
Do not turn away thy face,
Mine's an urgent pressing case.

King of Peace 74b, 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.

King of Peace 74b, 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.

King of Peace 74b, Stanza 3

Once a sinner near despair
Sought thy mercy-seat by pray'r;
Mercy heard and set him free,
Lord, that mercy came to me.

Many years have pass'd since then,
Many changes I have seen,
Yet have been upheld till now;
Who could hold me up but thou?

Thou hast help'd in ev'ry need,
This emboldens me to plead;
After so much mercy past,
Canst thou let me sink at last?

No-I must maintain my hold,
Tis thy goodness makes me bold;
I can no denial take,
When I plead for Jesu's sake.

Newton, John, and William Cowper Olney Hymns in Three Books. 6th ed. London: J. Johnson, 1797.