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I Want a Principle Within

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 410
Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
Music: Louis Spohr, 1784; adapt. by J. Stimpson
Tune: GERALD, Meter: CMD

1.	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.

2.	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.

3.	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.

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