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 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 pardoning love, so free, so sweet,
Dear Saviour, I adore:
O keep me at Thy sacred feet,
And let me rove no more.
Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871
|Instances (1 - 2 of 2)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #419||How oft, alas, this wretched heart||How oft, alas, this wretched heart||Anne Steele||2012|
|The Cyber Hymnal #2582||How Oft, Alas!||How oft, alas! this wretched heart||SALZBURG (Haydn)||Anne Steele||CM||<cite>Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional</cite>, 1760|