Lord for ever mine

28 Jun 2021 | Grace of God, Glory | 0 comments

My God, how perfect are thy ways!
But mine polluted are;
Sin twines itself around my praise,
And slides into my prayer.

When I would speak what thou hast done
To save me from my sin,
I cannot make thy mercies known
But self-applause creeps in.

Divine desire, that holy flame
Thy grace creates in me,
Alas! Impatience is its name
When it returns to Thee.

The heart, a fountain of vile thoughts,
How does it overflow,
While self upon the surface floats
Still bubbling from below!

Let others in the gaudy dress
Of fancied merit shine;
The Lord shall be my righteousness;
The Lord for ever mine.

William Cowper (1731-1800).

Notes from the Compiler


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