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2582. How Oft, Alas!

1. How oft, alas! this wretched heart
Has wandered from the Lord,
How oft my roving thoughts depart,
Forgetful of His Word.

2. Yet sovereign mercy calls, Return;
Dear Lord, and may I come?
My vile ingratitude I mourn;
O take the wanderer home.

3. And canst Thou, wilt Thou yet forgive,
And bid my crimes remove?
And shall a pardoned rebel live
To speak Thy wondrous love?

4. Almighty grace, thy healing power
How glorious, how divine!
That can to bliss and life restore
So vile a heart as mine.

5. Thy pardoning love, so free, so sweet,
Dear Savior, I adore;
O keep me at Thy sacred feet,
And let me rove no more.

Text Information
First Line: How oft, alas! this wretched heart
Title: How Oft, Alas!
Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Meter: CM
Language: English
Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, 1760
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: SALZBURG (Haydn)
Composer: Johann Michael Haydn, 1737-1806
Meter: CM
Incipit: 13554 33211 17154
Key: F Major
Copyright: Public Domain



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