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After Prayer



I bewail my cold, listless, heartless prayers;
    their poverty adds sin to sin.
If my hope were in them I should be undone,
But the worth of Jesus perfumes my feeble
    breathings, and wins their acceptance.
Deepen my contrition of heart,
Confirm my faith in the blood that washes
    from all sin.
May I walk lovingly with my great Redeemer.
Flood my soul with true repentance
  that my heart may be broken for sin and unto sin.
Let me be as slow to forgive myself
  as thou art ready to forgive me.
Gazing on the glories of thy grace
  may I be cast into the lowest depths of shame,
  and walk with downcast head
  now thou art pacified towards me.
O my great High Priest,
  pour down upon me streams of needful grace,
  bless me in all my undertakings,
    in every thought of my mind,
    every word of my lips,
    every step of my feet,
    every deed of my hands.
Thou didst live to bless,
  die to bless,
  rise to bless,
  ascend to bless,
  take thy throne to bless,
  and now thou dost reign to bless.
O give sincerity to my desires,
  earnestness to my supplications,
  fervour to my love.

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