Hymnal: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #294 (1845) Meter: 220.127.116.11 Hymnal Title: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship First Line: How oft, alas! this wretched heart Lyrics: 1 How oft, alas! this wretched heart
Has wander'd from the Lord!
How oft my roving thoughts depart,
Forgetful of his word.
2 Yet sov'reign mercy calls, "Return:"
Dear Lord, and may I come?
My vile ingratitude I mourn;
Oh, take the wand'rer home.
3 And canst thou, wilt thou yet forgive,
And bid my crimes remove?
And shall a pardon'd rebel live
To speak thy wondrous love?
4 Almighty grace, thy healing power
How glorious, how divine!
That can to life and bliss restore
So vile a heart as mine.
5 Thy pard'ning love, so free, so sweet,
Dear Saviour, I adore;
Oh, keep me at thy sacred feet,
And let me rove no more. Topics: The Christian His Various Relations Scripture: Jeremiah 3:22 Languages: English