I Want A
Principle Within

I want a principle within
Of jealous, godly, fear;
A sensibility of sin,
A pain to feel it near.

I want the first approach to feel
Of  pride, or wrong desire;
To catch the wandering of my will,
And quench the kindling fire.

From Thee that I no more may stray,
No more They goodness grieve,
Grant me a child-like faith, I pray,
A tender conscience give.

Quick as the focus of an eye,
O God, my conscience make!
Awake my soul, when sin is nigh,
And keep it still awake.

Almighty God of truth and love,
To me Thy power impart;
The burden from my soul remove,
The hardness from my heart.

Oh may the least omission pain
My well-instructed soul;
And drive me to the blood again,
Which makes the wounded whole!

Charles Wesley

Romans 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the
commandment holy,and just, and good. 13 Was then
that which is good made death unto me? God forbid.
But sin, that it might appear sin, working death
in meby that which is good; that sin by the
commandment might become exceeding sinful.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in
the light, we have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christhis Son cleanseth us from all sin.


background & graphics by Mary Stephens
updated 2019