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Behold the servant of the Lord

Behold the servant of the Lord

Author: Charles Wesley
Tune: MOZART (553331172443551)
Published in 46 hymnals

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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 complete,
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 #LXXXIII

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >


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)


MOZART (553331172443551)


SAGINA, by Thomas Campbell (b. Sheffield, England, 1777; d. England [?], 1844), is almost universally associated with "And Can It Be." Little is known of Campbell other than his publication The Bouquet (1825), in which each of twenty-three tunes has a horticultural name. SAGINA borrows its name from…

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The Cyber Hymnal #442
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Small Church Music #3636
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An Nou Chanté! : Let's Sing! #49
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #788a
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #788b
Singing the Faith #546
Small Church Music #3636Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #442TextScoreAudio
Include 40 pre-1979 instances