Regeneration. Ps. 40. 3; John 3. 3; 1 Pet. 1. 23

Rozzell                                   C.M.

O let my voice proclaim the joys
My heart has known and felt;
And let my tongue declare the woes
My soul has known by guilt.

Long in the paths of sin I trod,
And, in her foulest way,
Provoked a kind and gracious God,
And grieved him day by day.

I tried his patience with my crimes,
By days and years of sin;
Resolved to mend in aftertimes,
And wash the leper clean.

[I tried, resolved, and toiled, and tugged,
But filthier still I grew;
My darling sins in secret hugged,
Nor how to leave them knew.]

But when the Lord his arm made bare,
And took my heart in hand,
Effectual cleansing work was there,
Which I could not withstand.

He doomed me in the dust to lie,
In sorrows sharp and long;
Then changed my sadness into joy,
My mourning to a song.

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