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THE CONTRITE HEART




The Lord will happiness divine
On contrite hearts bestow;
Then tell me, gracious God, is mine
A contrite heart or no?


I hear, but seem to hear in vain,
Insensible as steel;
If aught is felt, ’tis only pain,
To find I cannot feel.


I sometimes think myself inclined
To love Thee if I could;
But often feel another mind,
Averse to all that’s good.


My best desires are faint and few,
I fain would strive for more;
But when I cry, “My strength renew!”
Seem weaker than before.


Thy saints are comforted, I know,
And love Thy house of prayer;
I therefore go where others go,
But find no comfort there.


Oh make this heart rejoice, or ache;
Decide this doubt for me;
And if it be not broken, break,
And heal it, if it be.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1779
      Bible Refs: Ps 51:17; Is 47:15;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1826# 181
      1925# 298
      MUSIC
      Name: SOHO
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1881
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
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