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Self-Acquaintance

Olney Hymns, William Cowper, from Cowper's Poems, Sheldon & Company, New York

Dear Lord! accept a sinful heart,Which of itself complains,And mourns, with much and frequent smart,The evil it contains.

There fiery seeds of anger lurk,Which often hurt my frame;And wait but for the tempter's work,To fan them to a flame.

Legality holds out a bribeTo purchase life from Thee;And Discontent would fain prescribeHow Thou shalt deal with me.

While Unbelief withstands Thy grace,And puts the mercy by;Presumption, with a brow of brass,Says, "Give me, or I die!"

How eager are my thoughts to roam,In quest of what they love!But ah! when duty calls them home,How heavily they move!

Oh, cleanse me in a Saviour's blood,Transform my by Thy power,And make me Thy beloved abode,And let me roam no more.