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My God, how perfect are thy ways! - Jehovah our Righteousness (William Cowper/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Jehovah our Righteousness.

Jeremiah 23,6.

1. My God, how perfect are thy ways!
  but mine polluted are;
sin twines itself about my praise,
  and slides into my prayer.

2. When I would speak what thou hast done,
  to save me from my sin,
I cannot make thy mercies known,
  but self-applause creeps in.

3. Divine desire, that holy flame
  thy grace creates in me;
alas! impatience is its name,
  when it returns to thee.

4. This heart, a fountain of vile thoughts,
  how does it overflow!
while self upon the surface floats,
  still bubbling from below.

5. Let others in the gaudy dress
  of fancied merit shine;
the Lord shall be my righteousness,
  the Lord forever mine.

William Cowper, The Complete Poetical Works of William Cowper, 1853(?), 240.

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