I would, but cannot singAuthor: John Newton
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1 I would, but cannot sing,
Guilt has untuned my voice,
The Serpent sin's envenomed sting
Has poisoned all my joys.
2 I know the Lord is nigh,
And would, but cannot pray;
For Satan meets me when I try,
And frights my soul away.
3 I would, but can't repent,
Though I endeavor oft;
This stony heart can ne'er relent
'Till Jesus makes it soft.
4 I would, but cannot love,
Though wooed by Love Divine;
No arguments have power to move
A soul so base as mine.
5 I would, but cannot rest
In God's most holy will;
I know what he appoints is best,
Yet murmur at it still.
6 Oh could I but believe!
Then all would easy be;
I would, but cannot; Lord relieve;
My help must come from thee!
7 But if indeed I would,
Though I can nothing do;
Yet the desire is something good,
For which my praise is due.
8 By nature prone to ill,
Till thine appointed hour,
I was as destitute of will,
As now I am of power.
9 Wilt thou not crown, at length,
The work thou hast begun?
And with a will afford me strength,
In all thy ways to run.
The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791
|Instances (1 - 3 of 3)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|The Cyber Hymnal #3155||I Would, but Cannot Sing||I would, but cannot sing||SOUTHWELL (Daman)||John Newton||SM||<cite>Olney Hymns</cite> (London: W. Oliver, 1779), number 126|
|TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #523||I would, but cannot, sing||I would, but cannot, sing||WEST JEFFERSON||John Newton||2009||Powerlessness | ; Sinfulness |||Goble 159|
|TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #523a||I would, but cannot, sing||I would, but cannot, sing||ST. THOMAS||John Newton||2009||Powerlessness | ; Sinfulness |||Goble 159|