Christ My Song - 1279
'Twas a foolish thing to say
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
'Twas a foolish thing to say.
"I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes."
1. 'Twas a foolish thing to say,
in my haste I said it;
now I put the thought away,
it was sin that bred it.
Ought I to suppose that he,
who his Son had given,
ever could forgetful be
of the heirs of heaven? PDF - Midi
2. Those whom he had loved so well,
and to Jesus given;
could they be consigned to hell?
Could they fail of heaven?
Yet I said ('twas in my haste),
and with words unguarded,
that my hope could fail at last,
I should be discarded.
3. So I feared, and this the cause,
I was full of evil;
when I looked, I saw I was
on the lowest level.
On the scale, who lower is
than myself, or could be?
Where's the wonder, knowing this,
fearful if I should be?
4. Still I should not thus have said,
"I am lost for ever;"
since the blood that Jesus shed,
faileth never, never.
Still the same I gladly see,
as in the beginning;
suited thus to one like me,
one that's always sinning.
5. Henceforth let me think of this
in the hour of sadness;
this, and this alone it is,
fills the heart with gladness.
Why, my soul, shouldst thou be sad?
Why thus plunged in sorrow?
Trust in God, and be thou glad,
thou shalt sing tomorrow.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 635.