How Helpless

By Anne Steele (modified by Matthew Smith)

How helpless guilty nature lies,
Unconscious of its load
The heart, unchanged, can never rise
To happiness and God.
Can nothing less than power divine,
The stubborn will subdue?
‘Tis Thine, eternal Spirit, Thine,
To form the heart anew.

‘Tis Thine, the passions to recall,
And upwards bid them rise;
And make the scales of error fall,
From reason’s darkened eyes.
To chase the shades of death away
And bid the sinner live
Heaven’s beam, a vital ray
‘Tis Thine alone to give

Oh change these wretched hearts of ours,
And give them life divine;
Then shall our passions and our powers,
Almighty Lord, be Thine.
Oh change these wretched hearts of ours,
And give them life divine;
Then shall our passions and our powers,
Almighty Lord, be Thine.
Almighty Lord, be Thine
Almighty Lord, be Thine

How helpless guilty nature lies,
Unconscious of its load

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Bernard Bell says:

    Another great song from Anne Steele. She sure put good theology in her hymns. I heard Matthew sing this at a house concert earlier this year. We’re going to sing it in our service next Sunday.

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