O take away this evil heart;
This heart of unbelief renew;
So prone, so eager to depart
From Thee, the living God and true.
O crucify this carnal mind,
'Tis enmity, my God, to Thee;
I cannot love Thee, till I find
The mind that was in Christ in me.
O sanctify this sinful soul;
Health to the dying leper give;
Thou, if Thou wilt, canst make me whole;
Speak but the word, and I shall live.
O disenthrall this captive will,
(Free only when Thou mak'st it free,)
That I may glory to fulfil
Thy perfect law of liberty.
Then, though through life, a worm of earth,
In death returning to the clod,
I shall become, by second birth,
An heir of heaven, a child of God.
Sacred Poems and Hymns
O take away this evil heart. J. Montgomery. [Lent.] Written Dec. 9, 1829 [M.MSS.] and published in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 281, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, with the heading “O Lord, I beseech Thee, deliver my Soul." It is found in a few modern hymn-books.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)