I. Dear center of my best desires,
And sov'reign of my heart,
What sweet delight thy name inspires!
What bliss thy smiles impart!
II. Jesus—O loveliest, dearest name!
And wilt thou condescend
To own the bold, yet humble claim,
My everlasting friend?
III. Too oft, alas, my passions rove,
In search of meaner charms;
Trifles unworthy of my love
Divide me from thy arms.
IV. Ye teazing vanities depart,
I seek my absent Lord;
No balm to ease my aking heart,
Can all your joys afford.
V. Come, dearest Lord, with pow'r divine,
And drive thy foes away;
O be my heart, my passions thine,
And never, never stray.
Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #163
|Instances (1 - 7 of 7)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #163||Jesus the Best Beloved||Dear center of my best desires||1760|
|Revival Hymns #103||Dear centre of my best desires||Dear centre of my best desires||1839|
|Supplement to Watts: a Selection of More than Five Hundred Hymns, from the Most Approved Authors on a Great Variety of Subjects ... #d90||Dear center of my best soul's desires||Dear center of my best soul's desires||Anne Steele||1832|
|The Baptist Harmony #d85||Dear center of my best soul's desires||Dear center of my best soul's desires||Anne Steele||1834|
|The Baptist Harmony #d85||Dear center of my best soul's desires||Dear center of my best soul's desires||Anne Steele||1842|
|The Choice: in two parts. Part I containing psalms and hymns, Part II, containing spiritual songs. Designed for public and private worship #H74||Dear centre of my best soul's desires||Dear centre of my best soul's desires||Steele||1833|
|The Choice: in two parts; Part I, containing Psalms and hymns, Part II, containing spiritual songs; designed for public and private worship (6th ed.) #H74||Dear centre of my soul's desires||Dear centre of my soul's desires||Steele||1856|