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.
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.

Pelita CVH

Sinacaban-Evansville, MIS.OCC-IN

I appreciate the lyrics and the tune of this hymn. Thank You Lord for the constraining love! Your love conquers all. Spread Yourself more in us until You increase and we must decrease, none of ourself and all of Yourself.