We Have No Outward Righteousness


We have no outward righteousness,
No merits or good works to plead;
We only can be saved by grace;
Thy grace, O Lord, is free indeed.

Save us by grace, through faith alone–
A faith thou must thyself impart;
A faith that would by works be shown,
A faith that purifies the heart;

A faith that doth the mountains move,
A faith that shows our sins forgiven,
A faith that sweetly works by love,
And ascertains our claim to heaven.

This is the faith we humbly seek,
The faith in thy all-cleansing blood;
That faith which doth for sinners speak,
Oh, let it speak us up to God!