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Oh, never can I serve thee here - A Hymn
(Charlotte Elliott/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

A Hymn.

1. Oh, never can I serve thee here,
  my Saviour, as I ought –
without an unbelieving fear,
  without a wandering thought.

2. When at thy mercy-seat I kneel,
  and strive indeed to pray,
then most the power of sin I feel,
  and Satan's cruel sway.

3. But in that world on which I fix,
  by faith, my tearful eyes,
no sin its hateful taint will mix,
  to spoil my sacrifice.

4. Nor ever from the blissful hour
  I gain that save retreat,
shall any cruel foe have power
  to drive me from thy feet.

5. I shall not offer, then, to thee
  a cold, divided heart:
all, all thine own my soul will be,
  renewed in every part.

6. When shall I bid a long adieu
  to scenes of sin and woe;
and "face to face" that Saviour view
  I serve so ill below?

7. When with his saints shall I appear,
  and worship as I ought, –
without an unbelieving fear,
  without a wandering thought?

Charlotte Elliott, Leaves from the Unpublished Journals, Letters, and Poems of Charlotte Elliott, 253-254.

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