Take My Heart, O Jesus, Work Its Stony Soil   1 comment


Above:  Landscape with the Parable of the Sower, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

(Image in the Public Domain)

Words (1930) by the Reverend P. C. Paulsen (1881-1948)

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage



1.  Take my heart, O Jesus, work its stony soil,

Long I have been weary of this fruitless toil;

Ev’ry cherish’d method of my own device

And the hardest labor will no more suffice.

2.  Once I spurn’d Thee, Savior, in my self-conceit,

Now behold my spirit, broken with defeat;

Lord, I can but offer Thee a barren heart,

Take it and salvation by Thy grace impart.

3.  Let Thy Holy Spirit with the Word of God

Crush the stones to pieces, break the harden’d sod;

Let Him work it deeply ’till the soil is sound,

Till it serves Thy purpose as a fertile ground.

4.  Go then forth, O Sower, sow Thy precious seed,

Showers freely scatter, to its care give heed:

Weed out thorns and thistles, guard it ‘gainst the foe,

Lest he in the darkness come his tares to sow.

5.  Thou hast shown me mercy with a love untold,

Grant that I may yield Thee fruit a hundredfold;

What a day of glory, what a day of gain,

When the reapers carry home the golden grain!

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  1. Pingback: Paul Christian (P. C.) Paulsen | GATHERED PRAYERS

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