O my distrustful heart

O my distrustful heart

Author: William Hammond
Published in 22 hymnals

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1 O, my distrustful heart!
How small thy faith appears!
But greater, Lord, thou art
Than all my doubts and fears.
Did Jesus once upon me shine?
Then Jesus is forever mine.

2 Unchangeable his will,
Though dark may be my frame;
His loving heart is still
Eternally the same:
My soul through many changes goes;
His love no variation knows.

3 Thou Lord, wilt carry on,
And perfectly perform
The work, thou hast begun
In me a sinful worm:
Midst all my fears, and sin, and woe,
Thy spirit will not let me go.

4 The bowels of thy grace
At first did freely move:
I still shall see thy face,
And feel that God is love.
Myself into thine arms I cast;
Lord, save, O save, my soul at last.

Source: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: selected and designed for the use of the church universal, in public and private devotion; with an appendix, containing the original hymns omitted in the last ed. #190

Author: William Hammond

Hammond, William, B.A, born at Battle, Sussex, Jan. 6, 1719, and educated at St. John's College, Cambridge. In 1743 he joined the Calvinistic Methodists; and in 1745, the Moravian Brethren. He died in London, Aug. 19, 1783, and was buried in the Moravian burial-ground, Sloane Street, Chelsea. He left an Autobiography in Greek, which remains unpublished. His original hymns, together with his translations from the Latin, were published in his:— Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs. To which is prefix'd A Preface, giving some Account of a Weak Faith, and a Full Assurance of Faith; and briefly stating the Doctrine of Sanctification; and shewing a Christian's Completeness, Perfection, and Happiness in Christ. By William Hammond, A.B., late of… Go to person page >

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Author: William Hammond


O my distrustful heart. W. Hammond. [Final Perseverance.] This hymn, on 2 Tim. ii. 13, "If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful," appeared in his Psalms & Hymns, &c, 1745, p. 105, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines. In 1776, A. M. Toplady published it in a rewritten form, but beginning with the same first line, in his Psalms & Hymns, &c, No. 252. This arrangement was repeated in various collections to Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 727, with the change in Snepp of stanza iv. 1. 1. from "The bowels of Thy grace," to "Thy rich and sovereign grace." It is also in other collections, and should be given as "W. Hammond, 1745; A. M. Toplady, 1776." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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