Tune: John Randall, 1786; Arranged by Mrs. Clara Atkinson, 1902
Lyrics: William Cowper, 1779
Meter: Common Meter (8,6,8,6)
The Lord will happiness divine
On contrite hearts bestow;
Then tell me, gracious God, is mine
A contrite heart, or no?
I hear, but seem to hear in vain,
Insensible as steel;
If aught is felt, 'tis only pain
To find I cannot feel.
I sometimes think myself inclined
To love Thee, if I could;
But often feel another mind
Averse to all that's good.
My best desires are faint and few,
I fain would strive for more;
But, when I cry, "My strength renew,"
Seem weaker than before.
Thy saints are comforted, I know,
And love Thy house of prayer;
I sometimes go where others go,
But find no comfort there.