Scripture Verse

I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 11:19

Introduction

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Alexander R. Reinagle
(1799–1877)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, June 1746. Wes­ley wrote this hymn dur­ing a vis­it to Port­land, where the quar­ry­men’s work sug­gest­ed the theme and the line Strike with the ham­mer of Thy Word, and break these hearts of stone. It ap­peared in Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems, 1749.

Music: St. Pe­ter (Rei­na­gle) Al­ex­an­der R. Rein­a­gle, 1836 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Lyrics

Come, O Thou all-victorious Lord!
Thy power to us make known;
Strike with the hammer of Thy Word,
And break these hearts of stone.

O that we all might now begin
Our foolishness to mourn;
And turn at once from every sin,
And to our Savior turn.

Give us ourselves and Thee to know,
In this our gracious day;
Repentance unto life bestow,
And take our sins away.

Conclude us first in unbelief,
And freely then release;
Fill every soul with sacred grief,
And then with sacred peace.

Impoverish, Lord, and then relieve,
And then enrich the poor;
The knowledge of our sickness give,
The knowledge of our cure.

That blessèd sense of guilt impart,
And then remove the load;
Trouble, and wash the troubled heart
In Thine atoning blood.

Our desperate state through sin declare,
And speak our sins forgiv’n;
By perfect holiness prepare,
And take us up to Heaven.