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THE HELPER, by            
First Line: I cannot purge my thoughts from sin
Last Line: My hands and feet.

I CANNOT purge my thoughts from sin --
By day my thoughts, my dreams by night:
O, wash me, and I shall be clean:
O, let Thy daylight, streaming in,
Turn darkness bright!

I cannot bring my soul to Thee,
To whom my soul would fain be brought:
O come, O take my heart from me!
Teach me to love: I fain would be
Found, taken, taught.

I cannot reach Thee, O great God,
Nor serve, nor trust, nor pray to Thee:
I faint, I bleed upon the road --
Bind Thou my wounds and staunch my blood,
And rescue me!

So shall I sing upon that road
Made safe, along that journey sweet:
Sing of my Lord who bears my load,
Sing of my tired feet washed by God --
My hands and feet.

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