O Come and Dwell in Me

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1. O come and dwell in me,
Spirit of power within,
and bring the glorious liberty
from sorrow, fear, and sin.

2. Hasten the joyful day
which shall my sins consume,
when old things shall be done away,
and all things new become.

3. I want the witness, Lord,
that all I do is right,
according to thy mind and word,
well-pleasing in thy sight.

4. I ask no higher state;
indulge me but in this,
and soon or later then translate
to thine eternal bliss.

Source: The United Methodist Hymnal #388

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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O come and dwell in me. C. Wesley. [Holiness desired.] This is a cento compiled from his Short Hymns, &c, 1762 (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. xiii.), as follows: stanza i. from vol. ii., No. 569, on 2 Cor. iii. 17; st. ii. from vol. ii., No. 578, on 2 Cor. v. 17; and st. iii. from vol. ii., No. 713, on Heb. xi. 5. This cento was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 356, and has passed into several collections in Great Britain and America. G. J. Stevenson has an interesting account in his Methodist Hymn Book Notes, 1883, p. 258, of the spiritual use of this cento.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




ST. THOMAS (Williams)

ST. THOMAS is actually lines 5 through 8 of the sixteen-line tune HOLBORN, composed by Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) and published in his Collection (1763, 1765) as a setting for Charles Wesley's text "Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (570). The harmonization is by Lowell Maso…

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