MY soul is now united to Christ, the living vine;
His grace I long have slighted, but now I feel him mine;
I was to God a stranger till Jesus took me in,
He freed my soul from danger and pardoned all my sin.
2 Soon as my all I ventured on the atoning blood,
The Holy Spirit entered, and I was born of God;
My sins are all forgiven, I feel his blood applied,
And I shall go to Heaven if I in Christ abide.
3 By floods and flames surrounded, I still my way pursue,
Nor shall I be confounded, with Glory in my view;
Still Christ is my salvation; what can I covet more?
I fear no condemnation, my Father’s wrath is o’er.
Bourne, Hugh, the principal founder of the Primitive Methodist Society, and the editor of their first hymn-books, was born at Fordhays, Stoke-on-Trent, April 3, 1772. His father, Joseph Bourne, a person in humble circumstances, was a member of the Church of England, whilst his mother belonged to the Wesleyan Society. His education, for his circumstances, was fairly good; and by earnest application to study he acquired some knowledge of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. His mind was of a strongly devotional cast, and the Methodist movement of those days had such attractions for him that he joined himself thereto in 1709. The following year he went to reside near the Mow Cop Colliery, near Burslem, where he had secured an engagement. There, with two… Go to person page >
Display Title: MY soul is now united to Christ, the living vineFirst Line: MY soul is now united to Christ, the living vineAuthor: Hugh Bourne (1772-1852); William Sanders (b 1799)Date: 1986Subject: The gospel | Witness