Christ My Song - 1331
Gracious Lord, my heart is fixèd
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Gracious Lord, my heart is fixed.
"O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise."
2. Lute and harp awake to praise him!
All my pow'rs your tribute bring!
Though no praise can higher raise him,
(what can higher raise our King?)
were I silent,
ev'n the stones would rise and sing.
3. Many were the chains that bound me,
but the Lord has loosed them all:
arms of mercy now surround me,
favours these, nor few nor small:
Saviour, keep me,
keep, O keep me, lest I fall.
4. Fair the scene that lies before me,
life eternal Jesus gives:
while he waves his banner o'er me,
peace and joy my soul receives:
sure his promise!
I shall live because he lives.
5. When the world would bid me leave thee,
telling me of shame and loss,
Saviour, guard me, lest I grieve thee,
lest I cease to love thy cross:
this is treasure:
all the rest I know is dross.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 191.