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The Contrite Heart Isaiah 57:15

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

The Lord will happiness divineOn contrite hearts bestow;Then tell me, gracious God, is mineA contrite heart, or no?

I hear, but seem to hear in vain,Insensible as steel'If ought is felt, &ls;tis only pain,To find I cannot feel.

I sometimes think myself inclinedTo love Thee, if I could;But often feel another mind,Averse to all that's good.

My best desires are faint and few,I fain would strive for more;But when I cry, "My strength renew!"Seem weaker than before.

Thy saints are comforted, I know,And love Thy house of prayer;I therefore go where others go,But find no comfort there.

Oh make this heart rejoice or ache;Decide this doubt for me;And if it be not broken, break&md;And heal it, if it be!