O for a glance of heavenly day

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This is an hymn by Joseph Hart, published in Supplement of Hart's Hymns in 1762, entitled The Stony Heart. Meter is 88. 88 (L.M.).

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Joseph Hart, 1762

1. O for a glance of heavenly day,
To take this stubborn heart away,
And thaw, with beams of love divine,
This heart, this frozen heart of mine!

2. The rocks can rend; the earth can quake;
The seas can roar; the mountains shake:
Of feeling, all things show some sign,
But this unfeeling heart of mine.

3. To hear the sorrows thou hast felt,
O Lord, an adamant would melt :
But I can read each moving line.
And nothing moves this heart of mine.

4. Thy judgments, too, which devils fear –
Amazing thought! – unmoved I hear;
Goodness and wrath in vain combine
To stir this stupid heart of mine.

5. But something yet can do the deed,
And that dear something much I need;
Thy Spirit can from dross refine,
And move and melt this heart of mine.

 

Methodist Hymn Book, 1892

1. O for a glance of heavenly day,
To take this stubborn heart away,
And thaw with beams of love divine
This heart, this frozen heart of mine!

2. The rocks can rend; the earth can quake;
The seas can roar; the mountain shake:
Of feeling, all things show some sign,
But this unfeeling heart of mine.

3. To hear the sorrows thou hast felt,
O Lord, an adamant would melt!
But I can read each moving line,
And nothing moves this heart of mine.

3. Thy judgments, too, unmoved I hear,
(Amazing thought) which devils fear:
Goodness and wrath in vain combine
To stir this stupid heart of mine.

5. But something yet can do the deed;
And that blest something much I need:
Thy Spirit can from dross refine,
And melt and change this heart of mine.

 

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