Jesus, if still thou art today

Jesus, if still thou art today

Author: Charles Wesley
Published in 55 hymnals

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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

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 >

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First Line: Jesus, if still thou art today
Author: Charles Wesley
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

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)

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A Collection of Hymns Adapted to the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d267

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d411

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A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #d411

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A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #415

A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in America #d169

A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. with a Supplement #d281

A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the United Brethren in Christ #d175

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the People Called Methodists, with a Supplement #135

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Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #339

Hymn Book of the Colored M.E. Church in America #d263

Hymn Book of the Holiness Movement Church #d239

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #339

Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Impr. ed. #d232

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Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #317

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #277

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #277

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #277

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #277

Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #d384

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Methodist Hymn-Book #240

Pocket Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d124

Pocket Hymn Book, Designed as a Constant Companion. 25th ed. #d126

The African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymn Book #d211

The American Hymn and Tune Book #d359

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The College Hymnal: for divine service at Yale College in the Battell Chapel #263

The Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 35th ed. #d128

The Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. Rev. #d131

The Sacred Lyre #d144

The Song Book of the Salvation Army #d382

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The Tribute of praise and Methodist Protestant Hymn Book. #197

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