Old-Line Primitive Baptist Hymn and Tune Book

Hymn #196: How Oft, Alas, This Wretched Heart

Hymn #195 Hymn #197

The Christian

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196 (C.M.) Anne Steele

How oft, alas, this wretched heart

Has wandered from the Lord!

How oft my roving thoughts depart,

Forgetful of his word!

Yet sov'reign mercy calls, "Return!"

Dear Lord, and may I come?

My vile ingratitude I mourn;

O take the wand'rer home!

And can'st thou, wilt thou yet forgive,

And bid my crimes remove?

And shall a pardoned rebel live,

To speak thy wondrous love?

Almighty grace, thy healing pow'r,

How glorious, how divine!

That can to life and bliss restore

So vile a heart as mine!

Thy pard'ning love, so free, so sweet

Dear Saviour, I adore;

O keep me at thy sacred feet,

And let me rove no more!

Hymn #195 Hymn #197