O For a Heart to Praise My God

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1 O for a heart to praise my God,
a heart from sin set free;
a heart that's sprinkled with the blood
so freely shed for me:

2 A heart resigned, submissive, meek,
my great Redeemer's throne;
where only Christ is heard to speak,
where Jesus reigns alone:

3 A humble, lowly, contrite heart,
believing, true, and clean,
which neither life nor death can part
from him that dwells within:

4 A heart in every thought renewed,
and full of love divine;
perfect and right and pure and good —
a copy, Lord, of thine.

5 Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart,
come quickly from above;
write thy new name upon my heart,
thy new best name of Love.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #132

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 >

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First Line: O for a heart to praise my God
Title: O For a Heart to Praise My God
Author: Charles Wesley (1742)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


O for a heart to praise my God. C. Wesley. [Holiness desired.] Appeared in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1742, p. 80, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. (Poeticl Works, 1868-72, vol. ii. p. 77). It is based on the Prayer Book version of Psalms li. 10. From its appearance in M. Madan's Psalms & Hymns, 1760, No. 3, to the present time, it has been one of the most widely used of C. Wesley's hymns. It was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 334. G. J. Stevenson's note in his Methodist Hymn Book Notes, 1883, p. 245, is of more than usual interest.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Lowell Mason (PHH 96) adapted AZMON from a melody composed by Carl G. Gläser in 1828. Mason published a duple-meter version in his Modern Psalmist (1839) but changed it to triple meter in his later publications. Mason used (often obscure) biblical names for his tune titles; Azmon, a city south of C…

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