A new heart…will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you. Ezekiel 36:26
Words: Anonymous, in A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of the Lock Chapel, 1803; verse 3 added in Bickersteth’s Christian Psalmody, 1833. Of this hymn, Julian says,
It is sometimes attributed to
John Stewart, but we have failed to find authority for the statement.
Come, Holy Spirit, calm my mind,
And fit me to approach my God;
Remove each vain, each worldly thought,
And lead me to Thy blest abode.
Hast Thou imparted to my soul
A living spark of heavenly fire?
O kindle now the sacred flame;
Teach it to burn with pure desire.
Impress upon my wandering mind
The love that Christ for sinners bore;
And give a new, a contrite heart,
A heart the Savior to adore.
A brighter faith and hope impart,
And let me now the Savior see;
O soothe and cheer my burdened heart,
And bid my spirit rest in Thee.