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Hymns From The Land Of Luther by Jane Borthwick

HERE IS MY HEART!

HERE IS MY HEART!

10,6,10,6,8,8,4

|Hier ist mein Herz.|

|My son, give me thine heart.| -- Prov.23:26.

Ehrenfried Liebich

transl., Sarah Findlater, 1854

Here is my heart! -- my God, I give it Thee;

I heard Thee call and say,

|Not to the world, my child, but unto me,| --

I heard, and will obey.

Here is love's offering to my King,

Which in glad sacrifice I bring.

Here is my heart.

Here is my heart! -- surely the gift, though poor,

My God will not despise;

Vainly and long I sought to make it pure

To meet Thy searching eyes:

Corrupted first in Adam's fall,

The stains of sin pollute it all.

My guilty heart!

Here is my heart! -- my heart so hard before,

Now by Thy grace made meet;

Yet bruised and wearied, it can only pour

Its anguish at Thy feet;

It groans beneath the weight of sin,

It sighs salvation's joy to win.

My mouruing heart!

Here is my heart! -- in Christ its longings end,

Near to His cross it draws;

It says, |Thou art my portion, O my friend!

Thy blood my ransom was.|

And in the Saviour it has found

What blessedness and peace abound.

My trusting heart!

Here is my heart! -- ah! Holy Spirit, come,

Its nature to renew,

And consecrate it wholly as Thy home,

A temple fair and true.

Teach it to love and serve Thee more,

To fear Thee, trust Thee, and adore.

My cleansed heart!

Here is my heart! -- it trembles to draw near

The glory of Thy throne;

Give it the shining robe Thy servants wear,

Of righteousness Thine own:

Its pride and folly chase away,

And all its vanity, I pray.

My humbled heart!

Here is my heart! -- teach it, O Lord, to cling

In gladness unto Thee;

And in the day of sorrow still to sing,

|Welcome, my God's decree.|

Believing, all its journey through,

That Thou art wise, and just, and true.

My waiting heart!

Here is my heart! -- O Friend of friends, be near

To make each tempter fly;

And when my latest foe I wait with fear,

Give me the victory!

Gladly on Thy love reposing,

Let me say, when life is closing,

|Here is my heart!|

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