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Confession. Jer. 3. 12; Ps. 119. 176; Hos. 6. 1

A. Steele               C.M.

1
How oft, alas, this wretched heart
Has wandered from the Lord,
How oft my roving thoughts depart,
Forgetful of his word!

2
Yet sovereign mercy calls, “Return!”
Dear Lord, and may I come?
My vile ingratitude I mourn;
O take the wanderer home.

3
And canst thou, wilt thou yet forgive,
And bid my crimes remove?
And shall a pardoned rebel live,
To speak thy wondrous love?

4
Almighty grace, thy healing power
How glorious, how divine!
That can to life and bliss restore
So vile a heart as mine!

5
Thy pardoning love, so free, so sweet,
Dear Saviour, I adore;
O keep me at thy sacred feet,
And let me rove no more.