2580. 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 Spirit! 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
Title: How Helpless Guilty Nature Lies
Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Meter: CM
Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, 1760
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: BEMERTON (Greatorex)
Composer: Henry Wellington Greatorex (1849)
Meter: CM
Incipit: 32176 51113 21432
Key: B♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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