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Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley


TUNE: Harts

Jesus shall I never be?

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’.


Jesus shall I never be
Firmly grounded upon Thee?
Never in Thy work abide,
Never in Thy wounds reside?


O how wavering is my mind,
Tosss’d about with every wind!
O how quickly doth my heart
From the living God depart!


Easily I fall away
Never am I at one stay;
Strong in faith I seem this hour
Stripped the next of all my power.


Faith is lost in unbelief,
Joy is swallowed up of grief:
Hope, my latest hope expires,
God my angry God retires.


Vanishing out of my sight,
Jesus leaves me sunk in night;
Where shall I my Jesus find,
Helpless I, and dark, and blind?


Seek, O seek me Lord again,
Let not all Thy gifts be vain,
Comfort to my soul restore,
Come, and never leave me more.


Jesus, let my nature feel,
Thou art God unchangeable:
Speak into my soul Thy Name.


Fruit that I may bear, ordain;
That my fruit may still remain,
Make my heart, and keep it true,
After God my soul renew.


Grant that every moment I
May believe and feel Thee nigh;
Steadfastly behold Thy face,
‘stablish’d with abiding grace.


Plant and root and fix in me
All the mind that was in Thee:
Settled peace I then shall find;
Jesus is a quiet mind.


When it doth in me appear,
I shall nothing covert here.
I shall cast the world behind;
Jesu’s is an heavenly mind.


Then th’ accursed lust of praise
Shall in me no more have place:
Pride no more my soul shall bind;
Jesu’s is an humble mind.


Anger I no more shall feel,
Always quiet, always still,
Meekly on my God reclined;
Jesu’s is a gentle mind.


I shall suffer and fulfil
All my Father’s gracious will;
Be in all alike resign’d;
Jesu’s is a patient mind.


When ’tis deeply rooted here,
Perfect love shall cast out fear;
Fear doth servile spirits bind;
Jesu’s is a noble mind.


When I feel it fix’d within,
I shall have no power to sin;
How shall sin an entrance find?
Jesu’s is a spotless mind.


I shall nothing know beside
Jesus and Him crucified;
Perfectly to Him be join’d;
Jesu’s is a loving mind.


I shall triumph evermore,
Gratefully my God adore, –
God so good, so true so kind:
Jesu’s is a thankful mind.


Lowly, loving, meek and pure,
I shall to the end endure;
Be no more to sin inclined;
Jesu’s is a constant mind.


I shall fully be restored
To the image of my Lord;
Witnessing to all mankind
Jesu’s is a perfect mind.