Scripture Verse

I will take…the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

Introduction

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William Cowper
(1731–1800)

Words: Will­iam Cow­per, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), num­ber 71.

Music: Er­nan Lo­well Ma­son, 1850 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lowell Mason
(1792–1872)

Lyrics

The Lord proclaims His grace abroad!
“Behold, I change your hearts of stone;
Each shall renounce his idol god,
And serve, henceforth, the Lord alone.

“My grace, a flowing stream, proceeds
To wash your filthiness away;
Ye shall abhor your former deeds,
And learn My statutes to obey.

“My truth the great design ensures,
I give Myself away to you;
You shall be Mine, I will be yours,
Your God unalterably true.

“Yet not unsought or unimplored,
The plenteous grace I shall confer;
No—your whole hearts shall seek the Lord,
I’ll put a praying spirit there.

From the first breath of life divine
Down to the last expiring hour,
The gracious work shall all be Mine,
Begun and ended in My power.