A new heart…will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you…I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.@Ezekiel 36:26

Joseph Hart, in Supplement of Hart’s Hymns, 1762.

Hursley Katholisches Gesangbuch (Vienna, 1774); adapted from the Metrical Psalter, 1855 (🔊 pdf nwc).

O for a glance of heavenly day,
To take this stubborn heart away,
And thaw, with beams of love divine,
This heart, this frozen heart of mine.

The rocks can rend; the earth can quake;
The seas can roar; the mountains shake:
Of feeling, all things show some sign,
But this unfeeling heart of mine.

To hear the sorrows Thou hast felt,
O Lord, an adamant would melt:
But I can read each moving line,
And nothing moves this heart of mine.

Thy judgments, too, which devils fear—
Amazing thought! unmoved I hear;
Goodness and wrath in vain combine
To stir this stupid heart of mine.

But something yet can do the deed;
And that dear something much I need:
Thy Spirit can from dross refine,
And move and melt this heart of mine.