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Hope Springing Up

My soul before Thee prostrate lies

Author: Christian Friedrich Richter; Translator: John Wesley
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1 My soul before you prostrate lies;
to you, its Source, my spirit flies;
O turn to me your cheering face;
I'm poor, enrich me with your grace.

2 Take full possession of my heart;
to me your lowly mind impart;
break nature's bonds, and let me see,
he whom you free indeed is free.

3 Still will I wait, O Lord on you,
till in your light I see anew;
till you in my behalf appear,
to banish ev'ry doubt and fear.

4 Then e'en in storms I shall you know,
my sure support and refuge too;
in ev'ry trial I shall prove
assuredly that God is love.

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #721

Author: Christian Friedrich Richter

Richter, Christian Friedrich, son of Sigismund Richter, Rath and Chancellor to Count von Promnitz at Sorau, in Brandenburg, was born at Sorau, Oct. 5, 1676. At the University of Halle he was first a student of medicine and then of theology. In 1698, A. H. Francke appointed him Inspector of the Paedagogium, and then made him, in 1699, physician in general to all his Institutions. In company with his younger brother, Dr. Christian Sigismund Richter, he made many chemical experiments, for which he prepared himself by special prayer; and invented many compounds which came into extensive use under the name of the “Halle Medicines," the most famous being the Essentia dulcis, which was a preparation of gold. He died at Halle, Oct. 5, 1711 (Koch,… Go to person page >

Translator: John Wesley

John Wesley, the son of Samuel, and brother of Charles Wesley, was born at Epworth, June 17, 1703. He was educated at the Charterhouse, London, and at Christ Church, Oxford. He became a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and graduated M.A. in 1726. At Oxford, he was one of the small band consisting of George Whitefield, Hames Hervey, Charles Wesley, and a few others, who were even then known for their piety; they were deridingly called "Methodists." After his ordination he went, in 1735, on a mission to Georgia. The mission was not successful, and he returned to England in 1738. From that time, his life was one of great labour, preaching the Gospel, and publishing his commentaries and other theological works. He died in London, in 17… Go to person page >

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First Line: My soul before Thee prostrate lies
Title: Hope Springing Up
Author: Christian Friedrich Richter
Translator: John Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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