Tune: ABENDS, alt.

Composer: Herbert Stanley Oakeley, 1874; alt. Dan Kreider

Author: John Newton, 1791

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VERSE 1:
I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek, more earnestly, His face.

VERSE 2:
’Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust, has answered prayer!
But it has been in such a way,
As almost drove me to despair.

VERSE 3:
I hoped that in some favored hour,
At once He’d grant my request;
And by His love’s constraining pow’r,
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.

VERSE 4:
Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in every part.

VERSE 5:
Yea more, with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
humbled my pride, and laid me low.

VERSE 6:
Lord, why is this, I trembling cried,
Wilt thou pursue my soul to death?
“’Tis in this way, the Lord replied,
I answer prayer for grace and faith.

VERSE 7:
These inward trials I employ,
From self, and pride, to set thee free;
To break thy schemes of worldly joy,
That thou may’st find thy all in Me.”