A Hymn on Baptism
I come, O God, back to this bath,
With sorrow for my many sins,
To claim the death that stilled Your wrath,
And take the life Your word begins.
I come, O Jesus, to this stream
Which flowed out from Your pierced side
With blood that did the world redeem
And pours new life on what has died.
I come, O Spirit, to this birth,
In which you make me God’s dear child,
Where sinners find their Savior’s worth
And cleansing for what they’ve defiled.
I come, O Holy Trinity
To claim the name You placed on me,
To find forgiveness full and free
And praise Your name eternally.
Thanks to frequent BJS commentor Marc from Cincy for setting this tune to music as follows:
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