1 Jesus, if still thou art to-day
As yesterday the same,
Present to heal, in me display
The virtue of thy name.
2 If still thou go'st about to do
Thy needy creatures good:
On me, that I thy praise may show,
Be all thy wonders show'd.
3 Now, Lord, to whom for help I call,
Thy miracles repeat;
With pitying eyes behold me fall
A leper at thy feet.
4 Loathsome, and foul, and self-abhorr'd,
I sink beneath my sin;
But if thou wilt, a gracious word
Of thine can make me clean.
5 Thou seest me deaf to thy commands,
Open, O Lord, my ear;
Bid me stretch out my wither'd hands,
And lift them up in prayer.
6 Silent (alas! thou know'st how long)
My voice, I cannot raise;
But O! when thou shalt loose my tongue
The dub shall sing thy praise.
7 Lame at the pool I still am found:
Give, and my strength employ;
Light as a hart I then shall bound,
The lame shall leap for joy.
8 Blind from my birth to guilt and thee;
And dark I am within;
The love of God I cannot see,
The sinfulness of sin.
9 But thou, they say, art passing by,
O let me find thee near!
Jesus, in mercy, hear my cry,
Thou Son of David, hear!
10 Long have I waited in the way,
For thee the heavenly light;
Command me to be brought, and say,
"Sinner, receive thy sight."
Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #277
Jesu, if still Thou art today. C. Wesley. [For Pardon.] Published in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1740, in 21 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "These things were written for our Instruction" (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. i. p. 262). It is a resume of the miracles of our Lord, together with their spiritual teachings. In 1780 the poem was divided (with the omission of stanza xiii.) into two parts, and included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book as two hymns (Nos. 131, 132), the second part being, "While dead in trespasses and sins." Both parts have passed into other collections, Pt. i. sometimes being given as "Jesus, if Thou art still today," as in Spurgeon's 0ur Own Hymn Book, 1866. Sometimes Pt. i. is used as a special hymn for the 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany, for which it is most suitable. In the Reformed Dutch Hymns of the Church, N. Y., 1869, stanzas vii.-x. of Pt. ii. in the Wesleyan Hymn Book are given as, “O Lord, impart Thyself to me."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)