asked the Lord that I might grow
faith, and love, and every grace;
more of His salvation know,
seek, more earnestly, His face.
He who taught me thus to pray,
He, I trust, has answered prayer!
it has been in such a way,
almost drove me to despair.
hoped that in some favored hour,
once He�d answer my request;
by His love�s constraining pow�r,
my sins, and give me rest.
of this, He made me feel
hidden evils of my heart;
let the angry pow�rs of hell
my soul in every part.
more, with His own hand He seemed
to aggravate my woe;
all the fair designs I schemed,
my gourds, and laid me low.
why is this, I trembling cried,
thou pursue thy worm to death?
in this way, the Lord replied,
answer prayer for grace and faith.
inward trials I employ,
self, and pride, to set thee free;
break thy schemes of earthly joy,
thou may�st find thy all in Me.�