Bogatsky’s Golden Treasury

I am not what I ought to be! Ah! how imperfect and deficient! I am not what I wish to be! I abhor what is evil,” and I would ‘cleave to what is good!’ I am not what I hope to be! Soon, soon I shall put off mortality: and with mortality, all sin and imperfection! Yet, though I am not what I ought to be, nor what wish to be, nor what I hope to be, I can truly say, I am not what I once was—a slave to sin and Satan; and I can heartily join with tlie apostle, and acknowledge, ‘By the grace of God, I am what I am?
~ John Newton