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The Burden Bearer

Take my burdened heart

Author: George Matheson
Tune: [Take my burdened heart]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Take my burdened heart,
Take it and give me Thine!
For where Thy wounds their pain impart,
There is no room for mine.

2 Take my burdened soul,
Give me in turn Thine own,
For where Thy waves of sorrow roll,
My sorrow is unknown.

3 Take my burdened life,
Weigh me with Thine instead,
For in Thy care for human strife,
My human care is dead.

4 Take my burdened will,
Give me Thy will resigned,
For when Thou bidst my storm be still,
I perfect freedom find.

Source: Alexander's Hymns No. 4 #1

Author: George Matheson

Matheson, George, D.D., was born at Glasgow, March 27, 1842, and although deprived of his eyesight in youth he passed a brilliant course at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated M.A. in 1862. In 1868 he became the parish minister at Innellan; and subsequently of St. Bernard's, Edinburgh. He was the Baird Lecturer in 1881, and St. Giles Lecturer in 1882. He has published several important prose works. His poetical pieces were collected and published in 1890 as Sacred Songs, Edinburgh: W. Blackwood. In addition to his hymn "O Love that wilt not let me go" (q. v.), four others from his Sacred Songs are in Dr. A. C. Murphey's Book of Common Song, Belfast, 1890. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Take my burdened heart
Title: The Burden Bearer
Author: George Matheson
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Alexander's Hymns No. 4 #1

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Sacred Songs #52

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