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Hymn #277: I Would But Can Not Sing

Hymn #276 Hymn #278

The Christian

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277 (S.M.) John Newton

I would but can not sing,

I would but can not pray;

For Satan meets me when I try,

And frights my soul away.

I would, but can't repent,

Though I endeavor oft;

This stony heart can ne'er relent

'Til Jesus makes it soft.

I would, but can not love,

Though loved by love divine;

No arguments have pow'r to move

A soul so base as mine.

I would, but can not rest

In God's most holy will;

I know what He appoints is best,

Yet murmur at it still.

Oh, could I but believe!

Then all would easy be;

I would, but can not — Lord, relieve;

My help must come from Thee!

But if indeed I would,

Though I can nothing do,

Yet the desire is something good,

For which my praise is due.

By nature prone to ill,

'Til Thine appointed hour

I was as destitute of will

As now I am of pow'r.

Wilt Thou not crown at length

The work Thou hast begun?

And with the will afford me strength

In all Thy ways to run?

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