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).

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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.