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I know I should be wholly his
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

I know I should be wholly his.

"The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
(Matthew 26,41)

1. I know I should be wholly his,
  who bought me with his precious blood;
I love the thing that better is;
  I know the evil and the good.

2. But am I what I ought to be?
  And do I what I ought to do?
It is not so; alas for me!
  I mourn because it is not so.

3. I wish to be, without, within,
  what God, the Lord, would have me be.
I would not be the slave of sin;
  appear, O Lord, and set me free.

4. Thyself alone, in whom I live,
  can break the chains that bind me still.
'Tis thine, O Lord, 'tis thine to give
  the power to do, the power to will.

5. Let no reserve within me dwell,
  no wish to hide a thought from thee.
The evil from my heart expel.
  A living temple let me be.

6. Within me, Lord, set up thy throne,
  and reign without a rival there.
My heart be thine, be thine alone,
  for ever thine. O hear my prayer!

Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 745.

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