95. How helpless guilty nature lies

1 How helpless guilty nature lies,
Unconscious of its load!
The heart unchanged can never rise
To happiness and God.

2 Can aught, beneath a power divine
The stubborn will subdue?
’Tis Thine, Almighty Saviour, Thine
To form the heart anew.

3 ’Tis Thine, the passions to recall,
And upward bid them rise;
To make the scales of error fall
From reason’s darkened eyes.

4 To chase the shades of death away,
And bid the sinner live,
A beam of heaven, a vital ray
’Tis Thine alone to give.

5 O change these wretched hearts of ours,
And give them life divine!
Then shall our passions and our powers,
Almighty Lord,! be Thine.

Text Information
First Line: How helpless guilty nature lies
Author: Anne Steele (1780)
Meter: C. M.
Publication Date: 1868
Topic: Sin and Redemption; Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity
Notes: Alternate tune #105 or #151
Tune Information
Meter: C. M.
Key: G Major
Notes: Source from index: Revenscroft's Ps. 1621

More media are available on the text authority and tune authority pages.

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us