1. Blest Jesus while in mortal flesh I hold my frail abode Still would my spirit rest on Thee, My Savior and my God. 2. On Thy dear cross I fix my eyes, My trust on Thee complete, Till love dissolves my inmost soul At my Redeemer’s feet. 3. Be dead my heart, to worldly charms, Be dead to ev’ry sin; And tell the boldest foe without That Jesus reigns within.
Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >
My Jesus, while in mortal flesh. P. Doddridge. [Abidings—Faith in Christ.] This is No. 280 in Job Orton's posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, and No. 306 in J. D. Humphreys's ed. of the same, 1839. It is in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Living while in the flesh by faith in Christ, Who loved us, &c. Galat. ii. 26." It is in common use in its original form, and as "Blest Jesus, while in mortal flesh." The latter form is mainly in use in America.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)