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Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley

(1708 – 1788)

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Come Holy Ghost all quickening fire

Charles Wesley was possibly the most prolific hymn writer that ever lived. It is estimated that he wrote more than 6500 hymns. He was born In Epworth, Lincolnshire (UK) . Along side his brother, John, Charles was used mightily by God during the 18th century ‘Great Evangelical Awaking’.

1.

Come Holy Ghost all – quickening fire!
Come, and and my hallowed heart inspire,
Sprinkled with the atoning blood:
Now to my soul Thyself reveal;
Thy mighty working let me feel,
And know that I am born of God.

2.

Thy witness with my spirit bear,
That God, my God inhabits there,
Thou, with the Father and the Son,
Eternal light’s coeval Beam: –
Be Christ in me and I in Him,
‘Till perfect we are made in one.

3.

When wilt Thou my whole heart subdue?
Come, Lord, and form my soul anew.
Emptied of pride, and wrath, and hell:
Less than the least of all Thy store
Of mercies, I myself abhor:
All, all my vileness may I feel.

4.

Humble, and teachable, and mild,
O, may I as little child,
My lowly Master’s steps pursue!
Be anger to my soul unknown;
Hate, envy, jealousy, be gone!
In love create Thou all things new.

5.

Let earth no more my heart divide;
With Christ may I be crucified,
To thee with my whole soul aspire;
Dead to all the world, and all its toys,
Its idle pomp, and fading joys,
Be Thou alone my one desire!

6.

Be Thou; my joy; be Thou my dread;
In battle cover Thou my head:
Nor earth nor hell I then shall I fear:
I then shall turn my steady face, –
Want, pain, defy, enjoy disgrace, –
Glory in dissolution near.

7.

My will be swallowed up in Thee:
Light in Thy light still may I see,
Beholding Thee with open face;
Called the full power of faith to prove,
Let all my hallowed heart be love,
And all my sinless life be praise.

8.

Come Holy Ghost, all – quickening fire!
My consecrated heart inspire,
Sprinkled with the atoning blood:
Still to my soul Thyself reveal;
Thy mighty working may I feel,
And know that I am one with God!

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