Christ My Song - 1899
Once to other lords we bowed
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Once to other lords we bowed.
"O Lord our God, other lords beside thee
have had dominion over us." (Isaiah 26,13)
1. Once to other lords we bowed,
none were more enslaved than we;
once we joined the thoughtless crowd,
Saviour, now we come to thee.
2. Long, too long, alas! we were
slaves of sin, and foes to thee;
now with truth we can declare,
none owe more to grace than we.
3. Lord, we now confess with shame,
how we slighted all thy love;
how we long withstood thy claim,
and against thy mercy strove.
4. Henceforth we desire to be
thine alone, for ever thine;
thou hast set the pris'ners free,
Saviour, on thy people shine.
5. Let us walk with thee below,
thee on whom our hopes depend,
then with all thy people go
thither, where our conflicts end.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 350.