1 Come, O Jesus, and prepare me
Now to be Thy worthy guest.
Like Thy well belov'd disciple,
Let me lean upon Thy breast
At Thy table, where Thou givest
Of Thy body and Thy blood,
Sealing in this blest communion
My baptismal vow to God.
2 Take my heart and make it holy
By Thy Spirit and Thy grace;
Back into Thy footsteps guide me,
If I stray in evil ways.
Thou who lovèdst me from childhood,
Be my Refuge in my youth;
In a world where error lures me,
Lead me in Thy paths of truth.
3 Let me heed Thy voice entreating
"Come, my child, abide with Me;
Wouldst thou spurn the loving-kindness
Of the Friend who died for thee?"
Grant that, at Thy sacred altar,
Through Thy sacrament of grace,
With the faithful I be numbered,
And Thy saving love embrace.
Franzén, Franz Michael, was born at Uleabôrg, Finland, in 1772, and educated at the University of Abo, where he became Librarian and Professor of Literary History. He was subsequently Minister at Kumla, Orebro, Sweden, and then of Santa Clara, in Stockholm. He was consecrated Bishop of Hernosand, in 1841, and died there in 1847. (See Supplement to Longfellow's Poets and Poetry of Europe.) Of his pieces one is in English common use. It begins "Jesum haf i ständigt minne," translated by Mrs. Charles in her Christian Life in Song, 1858, p. 250, as "Jesus in Thy memory keep" (Looking unto Jesus). Usually it begins with stanza ii., "Look to Jesus, till, reviving."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
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Display Title: Come, O Jesus, And Prepare MeFirst Line: Come, O Jesus, and prepare meTune Title: DUEBENAuthor: E. W. Olson; Franz Mikael FranzenMeter: 8 7 8 7 D.Date: 1930Subject: The Means of Grace | Holy Communion
Display Title: Come, O Jesus, and Prepare MeFirst Line: Come, O Jesus, and prepare meTune Title: JESUS ÄR MIN VÄN DEN BÄSTEAuthor: Frans Mikael FranzenMeter: 8 7, 8 7. D.Date: 1926Subject: The Means of Grace | The Lord's Supper; Names and Office of Christ | Friend; Names and Office of Christ | Refuge; Confirmation |