Stay, thou insulted Spirit! stay!
Tho’ I have done thee such despite;
Nor cast the sinner quite away,
Nor take Thine everlasting flight.

Tho’ I have steeled my stubborn heart,
And still shook off my guilty fears;
And vexed, and urged Thee to depart,
For many long rebellious years; –

Tho’ I have most unfaithful been,
Of all who e’er Thy grace received;
Ten thousand times Thy goodness seen,
Ten thousand times Thy goodness grieved:

Yet O! the chief of sinners spare,
In honor of my great High Priest;
Nor in Thy righteous anger swear
T’exclude me from Thy people’s rest.

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