Forever thine

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1 Lord, how very often must this heart of mine,
With its falls and stumblings, wound Thy heart divine!
Pardon me, and own me still a child of Thine,
O Thou heart divine.

More and more I feel it, that this heart of mine
Wounds the Christ who bought me by His love divine.
Yet, O precious Saviour own and keep me Thine,
And forever Thine.

2 Failures all along my pathway I can trace,
Deafness to the tender whispers of Thy grace;
Yet for this dear Christ, turn not from me Thy face,
Still I crave Thy grace. [Refrain]

3 I among Thy servants am the least of all,
Weakest of the weak ones who upon Thee call;
Pity and compassion show me when I fall,
Pity when I fall. [Refrain]

4 By my love inconstant do I wound Thee sore?
For my sin and coldness mercy I implore;
O forgive, and help me hence to love Thee more,
Hence to love Thee more. [Refrain]

Source: Joyful Lays: a new collection of songs, prepared and adapted for the Sunday School #97

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman

Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873. Mary Louise VanDyke… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord, how very often
Title: Forever thine
Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Refrain First Line: More and more I feel it


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Joyful Lays: a new collection of songs, prepared and adapted for the Sunday School #97

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