Vain are the hopes the sons of men

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This is an hymn by Isaac Watts, 1707, from Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Hymn 94 of Book 1. Meter is 86. 86 (C.M.).

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1. Vain are the hopes the sons of men
On their own works have built;
Their hearts by nature all unclean,
And all their actions guilt.

2. Let Jew and Gentile stop their mouths
Without a murmuring word,
And the whole race of Adam stand
Guilty before the Lord.


3. In vain we ask God's righteous law
To justify us now;
Since to convince and to condemn
Is all the law can do.

4. Jesus, how glorious is thy grace!
When in thy name we trust,
Our faith receives a righteousness
That makes the sinner just.


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