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  For Thine Own Sake, O My God  

 

Wearied of sinning, wearied of repentance,
    Wearied of self, I turn, my God, to Thee;
To Thee, my Judge, on Whose all-righteous sentence
        Hangs mine eternity:
I turn to Thee, I plead Thyself with Thee,--
        Be pitiful to me.

Wearied I loathe myself, I loathe my sinning,
    My stains, my festering sores, my misery:
Thou the Beginning, Thou ere my beginning
        Didst see and didst foresee
Me miserable, me sinful, ruined me,--
        I plead Thyself with Thee.

I plead Thyself with Thee Who art my Maker,
    Regard Thy handiwork that cries to Thee;
I plead Thyself with Thee Who wast partaker
        Of mine infirmity,
Love made Thee what Thou art, the love of me,--
        I plead Thyself with Thee.

       - Christina G. Rossetti


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