Lord! I cannot let Thee go,Till a blessing Thou bestow;Do not turn away Thy face,Mine's an urgent pressing case.
Once a sinner, near despairSought Thy Mercy-seat by prayer;Mercy heard and set him free –Lord! that mercy came to me.
Many days have passed since then.Many changes I have seen;Yet have been upheld till now;Who could hold me up but Thou?
Thou hast helped in every 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,Since I plead for Jesus' sake.
– John Newton