Scripture Verse

Create in me a clean heart, O God. Psalm 51:10


Elisha A. Hoffman (1839–1929)

Words: Ma­ry F. Bi­ge­low, 1891.

Music: Eli­sha A. Hoff­man (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Bi­ge­low (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


I cannot change my sinful heart,
Nor make it pure and sweet,
But I can do what is my part:
Bring it to Je­sus’ feet.


At Je­sus’ blessèd feet,
My soul’s divine retreat,
I find the needed help each day
To walk the narrow way.

I cannot even half repent
Of deeds that have been wrong,
But I can turn about and leave
The path I’ve traveled long.


I cannot keep this newfound way
In my own human strength,
But I can trust in Him whose power
Will conquer sin at length.


I cannot bring my life to Christ
By my desires alone,
But I can tell my wish to God,
And bind it to His throne.


Perhaps I may not serve Him long,
My days may soon be done;
But I can give each day to Him
With every rising morn.