O for a heart to praise my God (Thomas Wright)

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  • (Posted 2021-02-09)  CPDL #62785:       
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General Information

Title: O for a heart to praise my God
Composer: Thomas Wright
Lyricist: Charles Wesley
Tune: Stockton

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: ca. 1790
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 230
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Original text and translations

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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:

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

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

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

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