Scripture Verse

Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Thee. Psalm 86:5

Introduction

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Johann M. Haydn (1737–1806)

Words: Anne Steele, Po­ems on Sub­jects Chief­ly De­vo­tion­al 1760.

Music: Salz­burg (Hay­dn) ar­ranged from Jo­hann M. Hay­dn (1737–1806) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Steele (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

How oft, alas! this wretch­ed heart
Has wan­dered from the Lord!
How oft my rov­ing thoughts de­part,
Forgetful of His Word.

Yet so­ve­reign mer­cy calls, Re­turn;
Dear Lord, and may I come?
My vile in­gra­ti­tude I mourn;
Oh take the wan­der­er home.

And canst Thou, wilt Thou yet for­give,
And bid my crimes re­move?
And shall a par­doned rebel live
To speak Thy won­drous love?

Almighty grace, thy heal­ing pow­er
How glo­ri­ous, how di­vine!
That can to bliss and life re­store
So vile a heart as mine.

Thy par­don­ing love, so free, so sweet,
Dear Sav­ior, I ad­ore;
O keep me at Thy sac­red feet,
And let me rove no more.