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A poem Rev. George Bethune penned on the day before his death

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When time seems short, and death is near,

And I am pressed by doubt and fear,

And sins, an overflowing tide,

Assail my peace on every side,

This thought my refuge still shall be,

I know my Saviour died for me.

His name is Jesus, and he died

For guilty sinners crucified;

Content to die that he might win

Their ransom from the death of sin.

No sinner worse than I can be,

Therefore I know he died for me.

If grace were bought, I could not buy;

If grace were coined, no wealth have I;

By grace alone I draw my breath,

Held up from everlasting death.

Yet since I know his grace is free,

I know the Saviour died for me.

I read God’s holy word and find

Great truths which far transcend my mind;

And little do I know beside,

Of thought so high and deep and wide.

This is my best theology,

I know the Saviour died for me.

My faith is weak, but ‘tis thy gift;

Thou canst my helpless soul uplift,

And say, ‘Thy bonds of death are riven,

Thy sins by me are all forgiven,

And thou shalt live, from guilt set free;

For I, thy Saviour, died for thee.’

 

George W. Bethune, Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude: Lectures on the Heidelberg Catechism (NY: Sheldon & Co., 1864; reprint, Edinburgh, UK: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2001), x.

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