I’ve tried in vain a thousand ways

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I’ve tried in vain a thousand ways
My fears to quell, my hopes to raise;
But what I need, the Bible says,
  Is ever, only Jesus.
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My soul is night, my heart is steel—
I cannot see, I cannot feel;
For light, for life I must appeal
  In simple faith to Jesus.
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He died, He lives, He reigns, He pleads;
There’s love in all His words and deeds;
There’s all a guilty sinner needs
  Forevermore in Jesus.
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Though some should sneer, and some should blame,
I’ll go with all my guilt and shame;
I’ll go to Him because His name,
  Above all names, is Jesus.
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Charles Scott

Sydney, NSW, Australia

James Procter was a founder member of the Atheist society "The Free Thinkers" becoming its president. He was the Richard Dawkins of his day. He originally wrote the poem lines I've tried in vain a thousand ways

My fears to quell, my hopes to raise;

and only after his conversion added the remaining lines. I was priviledged to meet the music writer Robert Harkness and he was greatly affected by the story behind the words.