One thing I of the Lord desire

One thing I of the Lord desire

Author: Walter C. Smith
Tune: [One thing I of the Lord desire]
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1 One thing I of the Lord desire
For all my way hath miry been
Be it by water or by fire,
O make me clean!

2 If clearer vision Thou impart,
Grateful and glad my soul shall be;
But yet to have a purer heart
Is more to me.

3 Yea, only as the heart is clean
May larger vision yet be mine,
For mirrored in its depths are seen
The things divine.

4 I watch to shun the miry way,
And stanch the spring of guilty thought;
But, watch and wrestle as I may,
Pure I am not.

5 So wash Thou me without, within;
Or purge with fire, if that must be;
No matter how, if only sin
Die out in me.

Source: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book: official hymn book of the Methodist Church #342

Author: Walter C. Smith

Smith, Walter Chalmer, D.D., was born at Aberdeen Dec. 5, 1824, and educated at the Grammar School and University of that City. He pursued his Theological studies at Edinburgh, and was ordained Pastor of the Scottish Church in Chad well Street, Islington, London, Dec. 25, 1850. After holding several pastorates he became, in 1876, Minister of the Free High Church, Edinburgh. His contributions to poetical literature have been many and of great merit. His principal works are:— (1) The Bishop's Walk, 1860; (2) Olrig Grange, 1872; (3) Borland Hall, 1874; (4) Hilda among the Broken Gods, 1878; (5) North Country Folk, 1883; (6) Kildrostan, 1884; (7) Hymns of Christ and Christian Life, 1876. From his Hymns of Christ, &c, 1876, the following,… Go to person page >

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First Line: One thing I of the Lord desire
Author: Walter C. Smith
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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