Handwritten on the first page of Hennie Keyter’s Bible is this hymn, A Heart Like Thine …



I want, dear Lord, a heart that’s true and clean;

A sunlit heart, with not a cloud between;

A heart like Thine, a heart divine, a heart as white as snow;

On me, dear Lord, a heart like this bestow.


I want, dear Lord, a love that feels for all;

A deep, strong love that answers every call;

A love like Thine, a love divine, a love for high and low;

On me, dear Lord, a love like this bestow.


I want, dear Lord, a soul on fire for Thee;

A soul baptised with heavenly energy,

A willing mind, a ready hand, to do whate’er I know,

To spread Thy light wherever I may go.


I want, dear Lord, a faith that looks to Thee

To cheer the way when naught but clouds I see;

A faith sublime, a faith divine, a faith that will not fail

To trust in Thee and over sin prevail.


I want, dear Lord, a hope steadfast and sure,

A hope that holds to things that will endure;

A hope in heaven, a hope in Thee, a hope that’s bright and clear,

Dispelling doubt and conquering every fear.


A Heart Like Thine © Homer Rodeheaver 1913

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