When Time Seems Short, and Death is Near

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 Savior 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 Savior 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 Savior died for me.


My faith is weak, but 'tis Thy gift;

Thou canst my helpless soul uplift,

And say, "Thy bonds of death are riv'n,

Thy sins by Me are all forgiv'n,

And thou shalt live, from guilt set free;

For I, thy Savior, died for thee."

          crucifixion  "But God commendeth His love toward us in that,

while we were yet sinners,

Christ died for us."

Romans 5:8


George W. Bethune, 1862

This hymn was apparently written the day before Bethune died.

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