O take away this evil heart

O take away this evil heart

Author: James Montgomery
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O take away this evil heart;
This heart of unbelief renew;
So prone, so eager to depart
From Thee, the living God and true.

O crucify this carnal mind,
'Tis enmity, my God, to Thee;
I cannot love Thee, till I find
The mind that was in Christ in me.

O sanctify this sinful soul;
Health to the dying leper give;
Thou, if Thou wilt, canst make me whole;
Speak but the word, and I shall live.

O disenthrall this captive will,
(Free only when Thou mak'st it free,)
That I may glory to fulfil
Thy perfect law of liberty.

Then, though through life, a worm of earth,
In death returning to the clod,
I shall become, by second birth,
An heir of heaven, a child of God.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: O take away this evil heart
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


O take away this evil heart. J. Montgomery. [Lent.] Written Dec. 9, 1829 [M.MSS.] and published in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 281, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, with the heading “O Lord, I beseech Thee, deliver my Soul." It is found in a few modern hymn-books.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)