1. I want a principle within|
Of watchful, godly fear,
A sensibility of sin,
A pain to feel it near.
Help me the first approach to feel
Of pride or wrong desire;
To catch the wandering of my will,
And quench the kindling fire.
2. From Thee that I no more may stray,|
No more Thy goodness grieve,
Grant me the filial awe, I pray,
The tender conscience give.
Quick as the apple of an eye,
O God, my conscience make!
Awake my soul when sin is nigh,
And keep it still awake.
3. Almighty God of truth and love,|
To me Thy power impart;
The burden from my soul remove,
The hardness from my heart.
O may the least omission
Pain my reawakened soul,
And drive me to that grace again,
Which makes the wounded whole.
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