Forgive me, Lord, my wayward will

Forgive me, Lord, my wayward will

Translator: John Brownlie
Published in 1 hymnal

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Forgive me, Lord, my wayward will,
My selfish, worldly thought;
Incline me to abhor the ill,
And choose the things I ought.

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It is not in my power to choose
And seek the better part;
I fear the things of earth to lose,
And bind them to my heart.

O Gracious Christ, to me reveal
The riches that are sure;
And I shall shun the base, unreal,
And grasp what shall endure.

Yea, with Thyself enrich my heart,
And make Thy will mine own;
Then I shall have the better part,
And joy in Thee alone.

Translator: John Brownlie

Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1859, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:— 1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Forgive me, Lord, my wayward will
Translator: John Brownlie
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English



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