Scripture Verse

Thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise. Psalm 51:16–17


Amos R. Wells, Jr.

Words: Am­os R. Wells, Jr., 1901.

Music: Aca­pul­co Charles S. Brown (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Brown (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Wells,


Thou delightest, O Lord, when Thy children draw near
To worship and praise and confess;
Now banish our sorrow, our doubt and our fear;
Be present to guide and to bless.

Touch our ears with Thy finger, and then we shall hear
Soft voices that speak from Thy Word;
Touch our eyes into seeing, and then shall appear
The glory of Jesus, our Lord.

Be the words of our tongues, and the theme of our song;
Be our purpose, our praise, and our prayer;
And be to us here what Thou art to the throng
Of angels that worship Thee there.