Monday, January 09, 2023

A perfect longing

500 C. M.
A perfect heart the Redeemer’s throne.

O FOR a heart to praise my God,
   A heart from sin set free;—
   A heart that always feels thy blood,
   So freely spilt for me;—

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

3 O for a lowly, oontrite heart,
   Believing, true, and clean;
   Which neither life nor death can part
   From Him that dwells within:——

4 A heart in every thought renew‘d,
   And full of love divine;
   Perfect, and right, and pure, and good,
   A copy, Lord, of thine.

5 Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart;
   Come quickly from above;
   Write thy new name upon my heart,—
   Thy new, best name of Love.
                    Charles Wesley
                    The Methodist Episcopal Hymnal (1870 edition)

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