384. Ah, how shall fallen man

1 Ah, how shall fallen man
Be just before his God?
If he contend in righteousness,
We sink beneath his rod.

2 If he our ways should mark
With strict inquiring eyes,
Could we for one of thousand faults
A just excuse devise?

3 All-seeing, powerful God!
Who can with thee contend?
Or who, that tries the unequal strife,
Shall prosper in the end?

4 The mountains, in thy wrath,
Their ancient seats forsake;
The trembling earth deserts her place,
Her rooted pillars shake.

5 Ah! how shall guilty man
Contend with such a God?
None, none, can meet him and escape,
But through the Saviour's blood.

Text Information
First Line: Ah, how shall fallen man
Author: Isaac Watts
Publication Date: 1886
Topic: The Sinner: Christ the Way of Life
Tune Information
Name: OLMUTZ
Composer: Lowell Mason
Meter: S.M.
Key: B♭ Major
Notes: Alternate tunes: #151, 89, or 403.



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