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I would but can not sing I would but




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 know the Lord is nigh,
And would, but cannot, 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
Till 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.


O 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,
Till 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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LYRICS
Meter: 6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1779
      Bible Refs: Rm 7:15;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1815# 352
      MUSIC
      Name: SOUTHWELL
      Meter: 6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1579
        SCORE PREVIEW
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        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
        6 6 8 6 (S.M.)

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