Take my heart, O Father, take it

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1 Take my heart, O Father! take it;
Make and keep it all Thine own;
Let Thy Spirit melt and break it--
This proud heart of sin and stone.

2 Father, make me pure and lowly,
Fond of peace and far from strife;
Turning from the paths unholy
Of this vain and sinful life.

3 Ever let Thy grace surround me,
Strengthen me with power divine,
Till Thy cords of love have bound me:
Make me to be wholly Thine.

4 May the blood of Jesus heal me,
And my sins be all forgiven;
Holy Spirit, take and seal me,
Guide me in the path of heaven.


Source: Hallowed Hymns, New and Old #254

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

Notes

Take my heart, O Father, take it. [Holiness Desired.] This hymn was given anonymously in Dr. C. A. Bartol’s Hymns for the Sanctuary, commonly known as the West Boston Unitarian Collection, 1849, No. 290, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. This was repeated in the Sabbath Hymn Book, 1858; the Laudes Domini, 1884, and other American hymnbooks. Another form of the text is “Take my heart, O Father, mould it," in 3 stanzas. It appeared in the Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit, Boston, 1861. This is altered from the former. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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