O Jesus, Let Me Kiss Thy Name

O Jesus, let me kiss thy name!

Author: Charles Wesley (1749)
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1 O Jesu, let me kiss thy name!
All sin alas! Thou knowst I am,
But thou all pity art;
Turn unto flesh my heart of stone,
Such power belongs to thee alone,
Turn into flesh my heart.

2 A poor unloving wretch to thee
For help against myself I flee;
Thou only canst remove
The hindrances out of thy way,
And soften my unyielding clay,
And mould it into love.

3 O let thy Spirit shed abroad
The love, the perfect love of God,
In this cold heart of mine!
O might he now descend, and rest,
And dwell forever in my breast,
And make me all divine.

4 What shall I do my suit to gain?
O Lamb of God, for sinners slain,
I plead what thou hast done:
Didst thou not die the death for me?
Jesu, remember Calvary,
And break this heart of stone.

5 Take the dear purchase of thy blood,
My friend, and advocate with God,
My ransom and my peace,
Surety, who all my debt hast paid,
For all my sins atonement made,
The Lord my righteousness.

6 Why didst thou leave thy throne above,
But that the secret of thy love
Might to my soul be known?
Hast thou not giv’n thyself for me,
That I might only live to thee,
Might die to thee alone?

7 Be it according to thy will,
In me thy mystic love reveal,
And all in earth and heaven
Shall own that I their love outvie:
There’s none can love so much as I,
None hath so much forgiven.

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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First Line: O Jesus, let me kiss thy name!
Title: O Jesus, Let Me Kiss Thy Name
Author: Charles Wesley (1749)
Meter: 8.8.6.8.8.6
Source: Charles Wesley, Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, Volume 1
Publication Date: 1749
Copyright: Public Domain.

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