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
|First Line:||O come and dwell in me|
|Title:||O Come and Dwell in Me|
|Author:||Charles Wesley (1762)|
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)