Thursday, March 16, 2023

Heart of stone

373 S. M.
The heart of stone.

O THAT I could repent,
   With all my idols part,
   And to thy gracious eye present
   An humble, contrite heart;

2 A heart with grief oppress’d,
   For having grieved my God;
   A troubled heart, that cannot rest.
   Till sprinkled with thy blood.

3 Jesus, on me bestow
   The penitent desire;
   With true sincerity of wo
   My aching breast inspire.

4 With soft’ning pity look,
   And melt my hardness down:
   Strike with thy love’s resistless stroke,
   And break this heart of stone.
                  Charles Wesley
                  Methodist Episcopal hymnal (1870 edition)

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