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Jehovah Our Righteousness Jer. 23:6

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

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

When I would speak what Thou hast doneTo save me from my sin,I cannot make Thy mercies known,But self-applause creeps in.

Divine desire, that holy flameThy grace creates in me;Alas! impatience is its name,When it returns to Thee.

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

Let others in the guady dressOf fancied merit shine;The Lord shall be my righteousness, The Lord for ever mine.