Oh, the bitter shame and sorrow

Oh, the bitter shame and sorrow,
  That a time could ever be,
When I let the Savior’s pity
Plead in vain, and proudly answered,
  All of self, and none of Thee,
  All of self and none of Thee.
Yet He found me; I beheld Him
  Bleeding on the cursed tree;
Heard Him pray, Forgive them, Father,
And my wistful heart said faintly,
  Some of self, and some of Thee,
  Some of self, and some of Thee.
Day by day His tender mercy,
  Healing, helping, full and free,
Sweet and strong, and ah! so patient,
Brought me lower while I whispered,
  Less of self, and more of Thee,
  Less of self, and more of Thee.
Higher than the highest heavens,
  Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last hath conquered;
Grant me now my heart’s petition,
  None of self, and all of Thee,
  None of self, and all of Thee.

Seattle, WA, United States

Beautiful & touching hymn. I want to comment that I am a young person & using old terms like "thee" does not take away any meaning for me. Please share with young people :)

Pamela McLay-Hendeson

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dear Katie, (Warragul Vic) et al.

I am an experienced teacher and I could not agree more with you!


To follow up on what Katie has mentioned, linguistically speaking, "Thee" is actually the informal way of saying "You." Overtime, the English language has kept the formal and dropped the informal. But this just shows how close we are to the Lord, and what a friend He is to us!

Katie Peken

Warragul, Vic, Australia

There is not much in this that young people can't understand. I suggest a quick explanation, that this song was written a long time ago by someone who loved Jesus as much as we do today, and back then a person talking to one other person called them 'thee' instead of 'you'. We mutilate a lot of beautiful hymns in the name of making them accessible, often the result changes the very theology not to mention disrespecting the hymn writer's intentions. I think younger people are more able to accommodate than we give them credit for being. And after all, you and I can understand 'thee', but it hasn't been in use in our lifetime either!


Naracoorte, South Australia, Australia

It's a terrific song, but we have made a commitment to avoid using words that don't make sense to younger people. We would never use the word 'Thee'... Does anybody know of an updated version of this song, rewritten for people of this era?


Tim Owens

Toledo, Ohio, United States

How we long to live in stanza 4 yet we sometimes lose sight of that divine purpose, that divine calling. Lord thank You for Your mercy and Your grace.

Denis Ladbrook

Wembley Downs, Western Australia, Australia

The movement from verse 1 to verse 4 of this hymn is, among other things, the most profound suicide-prevention policy in the world. Please make it yours.

David Smith

Helsinki, Finland

Tremendously moving hymn. Oh, to be living in the 4th verse as opposed to 2 or 3...

Frank Pytel

Chicago, Illinois, United States

It takes about three minutes to sing this song through, but I wonder how long it takes to get from verse one to verse four in my experience.

What will it take for Him to be all in all?

Salvador Z. Tarun, Jr.

Pittsburgh, Pa, United States

A hymn of Christ's love, mercy, grace ---'words fitly spoken, like apples of gold in settings of silver' (Proverbs 25:11). I deeply treasure this hymn. Thank you for making this song available to all of God's children.