1 Behold the servant of the Lord!
I wait thy guiding eye to feel,
To hear and keep thy ev'ry word,
To prove and do thy perfect will;
Joyful from my own works to cease,
Glad to fulfil all righteousness.
2 Me if thy grace vouchsafe to use,
Meanest of all thy creatures, me,
The deed, the time, the manner chuse,
Let all my fruit be found of thee;
Let all my works in thee be wrought,
By thee to full perfection brought.
3 My ev'ry weak, though good design,
O’er-rule, or change, as seems thee meet;
Jesu, let all my work be thine!
Thy work, O Lord, is all compleat,
And pleasing in thy Father’s sight;
Thou only hast done all things right.
4 Here then to thee thy own I leave,
Mould as thou wilt thy passive clay;
But let me all thy stamp receive,
But let me all thy words obey:
Serve with a single heart and eye,
And to thy glory live and die.
Source: A Pocket Hymn Book: designed as a constant companion for the pious, collected from various authors (9th ed.) #LXXXIII
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|Title:||An Eye Single to the Glory of the Lord|
Behold the servant of the Lord. C. Wesley. [Submission.] First published by J. Wesley in Pt. i. of his Further Appeal to Men of Reason and Religion, Dec. 22, 1744, and subsequently, by C. Wesley, in his Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, where it is entitled "An Act of Devotion" (vol. i. p. 120). It was embodied in the Wesleyan Hymn Book 1780, No. 417, and thence has passed into various hymnals in Great Britain and America. Original text, Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 10.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)