Just as I Am Without One Plea

This is a hymn of confession.  

The words were written by English poet and spiritual writer Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871) in 1835, and was first published in the "Christian Remembrancer", which she edited.

With meter 8.8.8.6, tunes it has been set to include:
  • WOODWORTH by William B. Bradbury (1849) - this was the original tune, and remains the most commonly used.
  • 1AFFRON WALDEN by Arthur H. Brown, 1890
  • GWYLFA by D. Lloyd Evans
  • An unnamed tune by John Rogers Thomas published in the "Hymns of the Church" series
  • MISERICORDIA by Henry Thomas Smart.

American evangelist Billy Graham converted to Christianity in 1934 in a revival meeting where this song was used at the altar. He later used the it as an altar call song in evangelical meetings during the second half of the twentieth century, and as the title of his 1997 book - Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham. It has been covered by a number of contemporary American Christian artists including Michael W. Smith.



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Choir with piano - professional recording, tune TBA


Contemporary / rock arrangement:


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Lyrics

Traditional language

Just as I am - without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am - and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am - though toss'd about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am - poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need, in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am - Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am - Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am - of that free love
The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
Here for a season, then above,
O Lamb of God, I come

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