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Hoping and longing

Come, Lord, and help me to rejoice

Author: Charles Wesley
Published in 44 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Come, Lord, and help us to rejoice,
In hope that I shall hear thy voice,
Shall one day see my God;
Shall cease from all our painful strife,
Handle and taste the word of life,
And feel the sprinkled blood.

2 Let us not always make our moan,
Nor worship thee a God unknown;
But let us live to prove
Thy people's rest, and saint's delight,
The length and breadth, the depth and height
Of thy redeeming love.

3 Rejoicing now in earnest hope,
We stand, and from the mountain-top
See all the land below:
Rivers of milk and honey rise,
And all the fruits of paradise
In endless plenty grow.

4 A land of corn, and wine, and oil,
Favor'd with God's peculiar smile,
With every blessing blest;
There dwells the Lord our righteousness,
And keeps his own in perfect peace
And everlasting rest.

5 O when shall we at once go up,
Nor this side Jordan longer stop,
But the good land possess:
When shall we end our legal years,
Our sorrows, sins, and doubts, and fears,
An howling wilderness!

6 O dearest Joshua, bring us in;
Display thy grace, forgive our sin,
Our unbelief remove:
The heavenly Canaan, Lord divide,
And, O, with all the sanctify'd,
Give us a lot of love!

Source: A Selection of Hymns: from the best authors, intended to be an appendix to Dr. Watt's psalms and hymns. (1st Am. ed.) #CCXXXII

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Come, Lord, and help me to rejoice
Title: Hoping and longing
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



ADOWA was composed by Charles H. Gabriel (PHH 24), the noted gospel songwriter, during the Billy Sunday-Homer Rodeheaver evangelistic crusades of the 1910s, and was published with this text in the 1912 Psalter. Sing the tune in two very long phrases. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

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The Cyber Hymnal #11120
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