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O For A Heart to Praise My God!

Charles Wesley
(1707-1788)

O for a heart to praise my God,
A heart from sin set free!
A heart that always feels Thy blood
So freely shed for me!

A heart resigned, submissive, meek,
My dear Redeemer’s throne,
Where only Christ is heard to speak,
Where Jesus reigns alone.

A humble, lowly, contrite heart
Believing, true, and clean,
Which neither life nor death can part
From Him that dwells within.1

A heart in every thought renewed
And full of love Divine,
Perfect, and right, and pure, and good,
A copy, Lord, of Thine.

Thy tender heart is still the same
And melts at human woe:
Jesu, for Thee distressed I am,
I want Thy love to know.

My heart, Thou know’st, can never rest
Till Thou create my peace;
Till, of my Eden repossessed
From self and sin I cease.

Fruit of Thy gracious lips, on me
Bestow that peace unknown,
The hidden manna, and the Tree
Of Life, and the white stone.

Thy nature, dearest Lord, impart;
Come quickly from above,
Write Thy new name upon my heart,
Thy new, best name of Love.2

 

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  1. This third stanza is quoted by Percy Gutteridge in The Sevenfold Holy Spirit.
  2. Jim Kerwin quotes this last stanza in A Book Unsealed.
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