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He has come to abide

I will pray the Father, Jesus said

Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris
Tune: [I will pray the Father, (Jesus said)]
Published in 9 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF
Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Full Text

1 “I will pray the Father, (Jesus said),
He will send the Spirit in my stead;
Answered is his condescending pray’r:
He has come the promised Comforter.

He has come to abide, he has come to abide,
The Comforter has come to abide;
Bid him welcome to-day, ev’ry door open wide,
For the Comforter has come to abide.

2 He in love and never-failing grace,
Makes the heart his chosen dwelling place;
Wondrous temples of the Holy Ghost,
Cleansed and saved to the uttermost. [Refrain]

3 For this fulness all my being cries;
On the altar is my sacrifice,
All I am, or have, or hope to be,
Thine, O Lord, henceforth, eternally. [Refrain]

4 Very God in truth I know thou art,
Holy Spirit come and fill my heart;
Cleanse the temple, idols all dethrone,
Reign in pow’r within and reign alone. [Refrain]

Source: The Old Story in Song #97

Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris

Lelia (Mrs. C.H.) Morris (1862-1929) was born in Pennsville, Morgan County, Ohio. When her family moved to Malta on the Muskingum River she and her sister and mother had a millinery shop in McConnelsville. She and her husband Charles H. Morris were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church and at the camp meetings in Sebring and Mt. Vernon. She wrote hymns as she did her housework. Although she became blind at age 52 she continued to write hymns on a 28-foot long blackboard that her family had built for her. She is said to have written 1000 texts and many tunes including "Sweeter as the years go by." Mary Louise VanDyke Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I will pray the Father, Jesus said
Title: He has come to abide
Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris