So far in 2023, 13 million people from 200-plus countries around the world have benefitted from the Hymnary website! Thank you to all who use and all who support it with gifts of time, talent and treasure. If you feel moved to support our work today with a gift of any amount and a word of encouragement, we would be grateful. You can donate online at our secure giving site. Or, if you'd like to make a gift by check, please send it to:, Calvin University, 3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. May the hope, love, joy and peace of Advent be yours this day and always.

Your donation:

Longing to be Established in Love

Representative Text

1 My God! I know, I feel thee mine,
And will not quit my claim,
Till all I have is lost in thee,
And all renew'd I am.

2 I hold thee with a trembling hand,
But will not let thee go,
Till stedfastly by faith I stand,
And all thy goodness know.

3 Jesu, thine all-victorious love
Shed in my heart abroad!
Then shall my feet no longer rove,
Rooted and fix'd in God.

4 O that in me the sacred fire
Might now begin to glow!
Burn up the dross of base desire,
And make the mountains flow!

5 O that it now from heav'n might fall,
And all my sins consume:
Come, Holy Ghost, for thee I call,
Spirit of burning, come.

6 Refining fire, go through my heart,
Illuminate my soul;
Scatter thy life through ev'ry part,
And sanctify the whole.

7 Sorrow and sin shall then expire,
While enter'd into rest,
I only live my God t' admire,
My God for ever blest.

8 My stedfast soul, from falling free,
Shall then no longer move;
But Christ be all the world to me,
And all my heart be love.

Source: A Pocket Hymn Book: designed as a constant companion for the pious, collected from various authors (9th ed.) #CIV

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 >


My God, I know, I feel Thee mine. C. Wesley. [Peace and Holiness desired.] Published in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1740, p. 156, in 12 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "Against Hope, Believing in Hope" (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol.i. p. 328). In the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 351, stanza x. is omitted, and slight changes in the text are introduced. This form is repeated in the revised edition, 1875, and has passed into several collections. In addition there are also the following arrangements of the hymn in common use:—
1. Father, Thy all-victorious love. This opens with st. iv. altered, and is in use in American Unitarian hymnbooks.
2. Jesus, Thine all-victorious love. This also begins with st. iv. altered, and is in American common use.
3. My God, I humbly call Thee mine. This is in Mercer’s Church Psalter & Hymn Book, Oxford ed., 1864, in 9 stanzas.
4. 0 that in me the sacred fire. In the Primitive Methodist Hymnal, 1887, and a few American collections. This opens with st. vii.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #4226
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Hymns and Psalms #740a

Hymns and Psalms #740b

Singing the Faith #390


The Cyber Hymnal #4226

Include 114 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us