With humble heart and tongue
With humble heart and tongue. John Fawcett* (1740-1817).
Published in Fawcett’s Hymns: adapted to the circumstances of Public Worship and Private Devotion (Leeds, 1782). It was headed ‘Psal. cxix.9. Wherewith shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.’ It had seven stanzas:
With humble heart and tongue, My God, to thee I pray; O make me learn, whilst I am young, How I may cleanse my way.
Now in my early days, Teach me thy will to know; O God, thy sanctifying grace Betimes on me bestow.
Make an unguarded youth The object of thy care; Help me to chuse the way of truth, And fly from ev’ry snare.
My heart, to folly prone, Renew by pow’r...
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