I WANT the gift of power within,
Of love, and of a healthful mind;
Of power to conquer inbred sin,
Of love to thee and all mankind,
Of health that pain and death defies,
Most vigorous when the body dies.
2 When shall I hear the inward voice
Which only faithful souls can hear?
Pardon and peace and heavenly joys
Attend the promised Comforter;
O come, and righteousness divine
And Christ, and all with Christ, are mine!
3 O that the Comforter would come!
Nor visit as a transient guest,
But fix in me his constant home
And take possession of my breast,
And fix in me his loved abode,
The temple of indwelling God.
4 Where is the sure, the certain seal
That ascertains the Kingdom mine?
The powerful stamp I long to feel,
The signature of love divine;
O shed it in my heart abroad,
Fulness of love, of Heaven, of God!
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 >