Take my heart, O Jesus, work its stony soil

Take my heart, O Jesus, work its stony soil

Author: P. C. Paulsen
Tune: RENOVA (17214)
Published in 3 hymnals

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1 Take my heart, O Jesus, work its stony soil,
Long I have been weary of this fruitless toil;
Ev'ry cherished method of my own device
And the hardest labor will no more suffice.

2 Once I spurned Thee, Savior, in my self-conceit,
Now behold my spirit, broken with defeat.
Lord, I can but offer Thee a barren heart;
Take it and salvation by Thy grace impart.

3 Let Thy Holy Spirit with the Word of God
Crush the stone to pieces, break the hardened sod;
Let Him work it deeply till the soil is sound,
Till it serves Thy purpose as a fertile ground.

4 Go then forth, O Sower, sow Thy precious seed,
Showers freely scatter, to its care give heed;
Smother thorns and thistles, guard it from the foe,
Lest he in the darkness come his tares to sow.

5 Thou hast shown me mercy with a love untold,
Grant that I may yield Thee fruit a hundredfold;
What a day of glory, what a day of gain,
When the reapers carry home the golden grain!

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #627

Author: P. C. Paulsen

Paul Christian Paulsen was born on March 26, 1881, in Alstrup, Jutland, Denmark. He emigrated to America in 1904, was ordained in 1911, and served as a Lutheran pastor in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, and Alberta, Canada. He died on July 26, 1948. NN, Hymnary Go to person page >

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First Line: Take my heart, O Jesus, work its stony soil
Author: P. C. Paulsen

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Hymnal for Church and Home #282

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Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #282

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