Scripture Verse

Create in me a clean heart, O God. Psalm 51:10


Elisha A. Hoffman (1839–1929)

Words: Ma­ry F. Bi­ge­low, 1891.

Music: Eli­sha A. Hoff­man (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


I can­not change my sin­ful heart,
Nor make it pure and sweet,
But I can do what is my part:
Bring it to Je­sus’ feet.


At Je­sus’ bless­èd feet,
My soul’s di­vine re­treat,
I find the need­ed help each day
To walk the nar­row way.

I can­not ev­en half re­pent
Of deeds that have been wrong,
But I can turn about and leave
The path I’ve tra­veled long.


I can­not keep this new­found way
In my own hu­man strength,
But I can trust in Him whose pow­er
Will con­quer sin at length.


I can­not bring my life to Christ
By my de­sires alone,
But I can tell my wish to God,
And bind it to His throne.


Perhaps I may not serve Him long,
My days may soon be done;
But I can give each day to Him
With ev­ery ris­ing morn.