Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.@Psalm 51:10

Words: Pearl Mont­rose, in Pear­ly Gates, ed­it­ed by James Ro­se­crans (Os­ka­loo­sa, Io­wa: Cen­tral Book Con­cern, 1876), num­ber 22.

Music: Pod­las­kie James H. Ro­se­crans (🔊 pdf nwc).

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James H. Rosecrans
(1843–1926)

Pure and warm, O blessèd Father!
Tender, true our hearts we bring;
Cleanse us all from secret error,
While to Jesus’ cross we cling.

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Pure and warm, and true and trusting,
Lord, we bring our hearts to Thee,
And to Thee we ever pledge them,
Now and through eternity.

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We are here in life’s glad morning,
While the dewdrops sparkle still;
Gladly we His footsteps follow,
Gladly learn His holy will.

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Oft we wander from Thee, Father!
Yet again to Thee we turn;
Oh, renew and make us faithful,
While our hearts Love’s incense burn.

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Make us strong, kind, gracious Master,
Strong to battle for the right;
Strong to aid the weak and erring,
Strong to look to Thee for light.

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