Scripture Verse

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Thy servant. Psalm 119:176

Introduction

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Ray Palmer
(1808–1887)

Words: Ray Palm­er, 1864.

Music: Ves­per Hymn (Ste­ven­son), from A Se­lect­ion of Pop­u­lar Na­tion­al Airs, by John A. Ste­ven­son, 1818 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Bird, G. W. Bird, in The Pres­by­ter­i­an Book of Praise (Ox­ford & Lon­don: Un­i­ver­si­ty Press & Hen­ry Frowde, 1897), num­ber 169 (🔊 pdf nwc)
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John A. Stevenson
(1761–1833)

Lyrics

Take me, O my Father, take me;
Take me, save me, through Thy Son;
That which Thou wouldst have me, make me,
Let Thy will in me be done.
Long from Thee my footsteps straying,
Thorny proved the way I trod;
Weary come I now, and praying,
Take me to Thy love, my God.

Fruitless years with grief recalling,
Humbly I confess my sin;
At Thy feet, O Father, falling,
To Thy household take me in.
Freely now to Thee I proffer
This relenting heart of mine;
Freely life and love I offer,
Gift unworthy love like Thine.

Once the world’s Redeemer, dying,
Bore our sins upon the tree;
On that sacrifice relying,
Now I look in hope to Thee:
Father, take me; all forgiving,
Fold me to Thy loving breast;
In Thy love forever living
I must be forever blest.