How oft, alas, this wretched heart
Has wandered from the Lord,
How oft my roving thoughts depart,
Forgetful of His Word.
Yet sovereign mercy calls, "Return!"
Dear Lord, and may I come?
My vile ingratitude I mourn;
O take the wanderer home.
And canst thou, wilt thou yet forgive,
And bid my crimes remove?
And shall a pardoned rebel live,
To speak thy wondrous love?
Almighty grace, thy healing power,
How glorious, how divine!
That can to life and bliss restore
So vile a heart as mine!
Dear Saviour, I adore;
O keep me at thy sacred feet,
And let me rove no more.
Anne Steele bio here.
Music composed, performed by Benj Pocta here.
Our church sings this with strings and piano accompaniment - it is indescribably beautiful!