Advent Hymnals


Christ in Song,

One thing I of the Lord desire,
For all my paths have miry been,
Be it by water or by fire,
O make me clean, O make me clean.

So wash me thou, without, within,
Or purge with fire, If that must be,
No matter how, if only sin die out in me,
die out in me.

If clearer vision thou impart,
Grateful and glad my soul shall be;
But yet to have a purer heart,
Is more to me, Is more to me.  [Refrain]

Yea, only as this heart is clean
May larger vision yet be mine,
For mirrored in Thy life are seen
The things divine, The things divine.  [Refrain]

I watch to shun the miry way,
And stanch the springs of guilty thought,
But watch and struggle as I may,
Pure I am not, Pure I am not.  [Refrain]

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Title A Clean Heart
Key B♭ Major
Titles So wash me thou, without, within,
First Line One thing I of the Lord desire
Author Rev. Walter C. Smith
Year 1908
Composer Fred H. Byshe
Hymnal -
Tune One thing I of the Lord desire
Metrical pattern
# Stanzas
Chorus Type
Subjects Invitation and Repentance; Special Selections: Solos
Texts Psalm 51:10
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