Friday, November 20, 2009

”I Want a Principle Within”

I want a principle within 
    of watchful, godly fear,
A sensibility of sin, 
    a pain to feel it near.
I want the first approach to feel 
    of pride or wrong desire,
To catch the wandering of my will, 
    and quench the kindling fire.

From Thee that I no more may stray, 
    no more Thy goodness grieve,
Grant me the filial awe, I pray, 
    the tender conscience give.
Quick as the apple of an eye, 
    O God, my conscience make;
Awake my soul when sin is nigh, 
    and keep it still awake.

Almighty God of truth and love, 
    to me Thy power impart;
The mountain from my soul remove, 
    the hardness from my heart.
O may the least omission pain 
    my reawakened soul,
And drive me to that blood again, 
    which makes the wounded whole.
                                             by Charles Wesley

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