Is this thy will and must I be

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1 Is this Thy will, and must I be
A living witness, Lord, for Thee?
Must I Thy wondrous love record,
And spread Thy praises far abroad?

2 Must I to all Thy saints unfold
The things which Thou to me hast told?
And shall the eyes of sinners see
What Thou hast done for worthless me?

3 Wilt Thou no longer me excuse,
And wilt Thou frown if I refuse?
O let me have Thy presence still,
And I’ll submit to all Thy will!

4 Make Thou my path of duty plain,
And let Thine arm my soul sustain;
Give me new strength, new courage here,
And fill my soul with holy fear.

5 To Thee I dedicate the whole,
Thine is my heart, and Thine my soul;
Bless what my feeble hand hath wrought,
And take the praise of every thought.

6 Wilt Thou, dear Lord, Thine handmaid own?
Her offering with acceptance crown?
Thy glory is her humble aim:
Eternal glory to Thy name!

Alternate last stanza:

Wilt Thou, dear Lord, Thine servant own?
My offering with acceptance crown?
Thy glory is my humble aim:
Eternal glory to Thy name!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8778

Author: Susanna Harrison

Harrison, Susanna, invalided from her work as a domestic servant at the age of 20, published Songs in the Night, 1780. This included 133 hymns, and passed through ten editions. She is known by "Begone, my worldly cares, away," and "O happy souls that love the Lord." Born in 1752 and died Aug. 3, 1784. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)… Go to person page >

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First Line: Is this thy will and must I be
Author: Susanna Harrison
Copyright: Public Domain

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