Jesus, Thou Dost Not Sue in Vain

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1 Jesus, Thou dost not sue in vain,
O ask what I can never give:
Thyself hast placed the power in man
His proffered Saviour to receive,
While knocking at the door Thou art,
And criest "My son, give me thy heart!"

2 Come in, Thou Supplicant divine,
I hear Thy voice and open now;
Take my poor heart, no longer mine,
Enter with all Thy fulness Thou;
Take my poor heart, ('tis all Thine own)
And never leave Thy humble throne.


Source: The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #475

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, thou dost not sue in vain
Title: Jesus, Thou Dost Not Sue in Vain
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


MELITA (Dykes)

The original chant melody associated with this text [i.e., "Eternal Father, strong to save"] is found in most hymnals of denominations where chant has played a role, including the Lutheran tradition, which has produced much organ music on this well-known chant. The setting here is by John B. Dykes (…

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