COME, Holy Ghost, all-quickening fire,
Come, and in me delight to rest;
Drawn by the lure of strong desire,
O come and consecrate my breast;
The temple of my soul prepare,
And fix thy sacred presence there.
2 If now thy influence I feel,
If now in thee begin to live,
Still to my heart thyself reveal,
Give me thyself, for ever give;
A point my good, a drop my store,
Eager I ask, I pant for more.
3 My peace, my life, my comfort thou,
My treasure and my all thou art;
True witness of my sonship, now
Engraving pardon on my heart,
Seal of my sin in Christ forgiven,
Earnest of love, and pledge of Heaven.
4 Come, then, my God, mark out thine heir;
Of Heaven a larger earnest give;
With clearer light thy witness bear,
More sensibly within me live;
Let all my powers thine entrance feel,
And deeper stamp thyself the seal.
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 >
Come, Holy Ghost, all quickening fire; Come, and my hallowed, &c. C. Wesley. [Whitsuntide.] A "Hymn to God the Sanctifier," first published in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1740, p. 45, in 8 stanzas of 6 lines, and again in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 341 (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. i. p. 240). In the American Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849, stanzas iv., v., vii., viii. are given as "Humble and teachable, and mild."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)