CXIII. Pardoning Love

1 How oft, alas, this wretched heart
Has wandered from the Lord!
How oft my roving thoughts depart,
Forgetful of his word!

2 Yet sovereign mercy calls, return:
Dear Lord, and may I come!
My vile ingratitude I mourn:
O take the wanderer home.

3 And canst thou, wilt thou yet forgive,
And bid my crimes remove?
And shall a pardon'd rebel live
To speak thy wondrous love!

4 Almighty grace, thy healing power
How glorious, how divine!
That can to life and bliss restore
So vile a heart as mine.

5 Thy pardoning love, so free, so sweet,
Dear Saviour, I adore;
O keep me at thy sacred feet,
And let me rove no more.

Text Information
First Line: How oft, alas, this wretched heart
Title: Pardoning Love
Author: Steele
Meter: C. M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1793
Topic: The Christian Life
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