1 Christ, of all my hopes the ground,
Christ, the spring of all my joy,
still in you may I be found,
still for you my pow'rs employ,
still for you my pow'rs employ.
2 Let your love my heart inflame;
keep your fear before my sight;
be your praise my highest aim;
be your smile my chief delight,
be your smile my chief delight.
3 Fountain of o'erflowing grace,
freely from your fullness give;
'til I close my earthly race,
may I prove it "Christ to live,"
may I prove it "Christ to live."
4 Firmly trusting in your blood,
nothing shall my heart confound;
safely I shall pass the flood,
safely reach Immanuel's ground,
safely reach Immanuel's ground.
5 Thus, O thus, an entrance give
to the land of cloudless sky;
having known it "Christ to live,"
let me know it "gain to die,"
let me know it "gain to die."
Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #447
|First Line:||Christ, of all my hopes the Ground|
|Author:||Ralph Wardlaw (1817)|
Christ, of all my hopes the ground. R. Wardlaw. [Christ All, and in all. ] This hymn appeared in the Supplement which he appended to the 5th edition of his Selection of Hymns, &c. (1st ed., 1803), in 1817, No. 458, in two parts, the 2nd part beginning," When with wasting sickness worn." Pt. i. is in 6 stanzas, and Pt. ii. in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. Both parts have been adopted in Great Britain and America. In the latter, however the most popular form of the hymn is a cento composed of stanzas i., vi., x.-xiii., as in Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N.Y., 1872, No. 896; or the same cento reduced to 4 stanzas of 4 lines, as in several collections.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)