Thy vows are upon me, O God.
O HOW shall a sinner perform
The vows he hath vow’d to the Lord?
A sinful and impotent worm,
How can I be true to my word?
I tremble at what I have done:
O send me thy help from above:
The power of thy Spirit make known
The virtue of Jesus’s love.
2 My solemn engagements are vain;
My promises empty as air;
My vows, I shall break them again,
And plunge in eternal despair:
Unless my omnipotent God
The sense of his goodness impart,
And shed, by his Spirit, abroad
The love of himself in my heart.
Methodist Episcopal hymnal (1870 edition)