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A GOOD CONFESSION'.                 123
We will back with our hearts in our hands,
For the heart is His one only fee: Forgive us, clear Jesus, forgive,
All we want is forgiveness from Thee.
The chains that have bound me are flung to the wind,
By the mercy of God the poor slave is set free; And the strong grace of Heaven breathes fresh o'er the mind, Like the bright winds of summer that gladden the sea.
There was naught in God's world half so dark or so vile As the sin and the bondage that fettered my soul; There was naught half so base as the malice and guile Of my own sordid passions, or Satan's control.
For years I have borne about hell in my breast;
When I thought of my God it was nothing but gloom ; Day brought me no pleasure, night gave me no rest,
There was still the grim shadow of horrible doom.

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