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Not of Works

Olney Hymns, William Cowper, from Cowper's Poems, Sheldon & Company, New York

Grace, triumphant in the throne,Scorns a rival, reigns alone;Come and bow beneath her sway!Cast your idol works away!

Works of man, when made his plea,Never shall accepted be;Fruits of pride (vain-glorious worm!)Are the best he can perform.

Self, the god his soul adores,Influences all his powers;Jesus is a slighted name,Self-advancement all his aim.

But when God the Judge shall come,To pronounce the final doom,Then for rocks and hills to hideAll his works and all his pride!

Still the boasting heart replies,What the worthy and the wise,Friends to temperance and peace,Have not these a righteousness?

Banish every vain pretenseBuilt on human excellence;Perish every thing in manBut the grace that never can.