3001. Inspirer of the Ancient Seers

1. Inspirer of the ancient seers
Who wrote from Thee the sacred page,
The same through all succeeding years;
To us, in our degenerate age,
The spirit of Thy Word impart,
And breathe the life into our heart.

2. While now Thine oracles we read
With earnest prayer and strong desire,
O let Thy Spirit from Thee proceed,
Our souls to waken and inspire,
Our weakness help, our darkness chase,
And guide us by the light of grace.

3. Whene’er in error’s path we rove,
The living God through sin forsake,
Our conscience by Thy Word reprove,
Convince and bring the wanderers back,
Deep wounded by Thy Spirit’s sword,
And then by Gilead’s balm restored.

4. The sacred lessons of Thy grace,
Transmitted through Thy Word, repeat,
And train us up in all Thy ways
To make us in Thy will complete;
Fulfill Thy love’s redeeming plan,
And bring us to a perfect man.

5. Thus furnished from Thy treasury,
O may we always ready stand
To help the souls redeemed by Thee,
In what their various states demand
To teach, convince, correct, reprove,
And build them up in holiest love!

Text Information
First Line: Inspirer of the ancient seers
Title: Inspirer of the Ancient Seers
Author: Charles Wesley (1762)
Meter: 88.88.88
Language: English
Source: Short Hymns, 1762
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: CAREY'S SURREY, Henry Carey, circa 1732; CHESHUNT COLLEGE, Joseph Barnby, 1838-1896; MELITA, John B. Dykes, 1861; ST. CATHERINE (WALTON), James G. Walton, 1864
Tune Information
Name: ST. PETERSBURG
Composer (attributed to): Dimitri Stepanovich Bortniansky (1825)
Meter: 88.88.88
Incipit: 53451 21715 61653
Key: C Major
Copyright: Public Domain



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