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This Is the Will of God

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1 He wills that I should holy be;
That holiness I long to feel,
That full divine conformity
To all my Saviour’s righteous will.

2 On thee, O God, my soul is stayed,
And waits to prove thine utmost will;
The promise, by thy mercy made,
Thou canst, thou wilt in me fulfil.

3 Thy loving Spirit, Christ, alone
Can lead me forth and make me free,
Burst every bond through which I groan
And set my heart at liberty.

4 Now let thy Spirit bring me in,
And give thy servant to possess
The land of rest from inbred sin,
The land of perfect holiness.

5 Lord, I believe thy power the same,
The same thy grace and truth endure;
And in thy blessèd hands I am,
And trust thee for a perfect cure.

6 Come, Saviour, come and make me whole,
Entirely all my sins remove;
To perfect health restore my soul,
To perfect holiness and love.

Source: The Song Book of the Salvation Army #419

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: He wills that I should holy be
Title: This Is the Will of God
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


He wills that I should holy be. C. Wesley. [Holiness.] A cento from his Short Hymns, &c, 1762, thus:—
Stanzas i., ii. Short Hymns. Vol. ii., No. 631. Thes. iv. 3.
Stanzas iii., iv. Short Hymns. Vol. i., No. 325. Deut. xxx. 6.
Stanzas v., vi. Short Hymns. Vol. i., No. 833. Psalms cxliii. 10.
Stanzas vii., viii. Short Hymns. Vol. ii., No. 171. St. Matt. xiv. 36.
In this form it was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 396, is continued in the revised edition, 1875, and is found in many collections in Great Britain and America.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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