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O thou who all things canst control

O thou who all things canst control

Author: Sigmund C. Gmelin; Translator: John Wesley (1739)
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1 O Thou who all things canst control,
Chase sloth and slumber from my soul;
With joy and fear, with love and awe,
Give me to keep Thy perfect law.

2 O may one beam of Thy blest light
Pierce through, dispel the shades of night:
Touch my cold breast with heavenly fire,
With holy, conquering zeal inspire.

3 With steps unwavering, undismayed,
Give me in all Thy paths to tread.
Rise, Lord, stir up Thy quickening power
And wake me, that I sleep no more.

4 Single of heart O may I be!
Nothing may I desire but Thee;
Far, far from me the world remove,
And all that holds me from Thy Love!

Source: Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #398

Author: Sigmund C. Gmelin

Gmelin, Sigmund Christian, was b. March 15,1679, at Pfullingen in Württemberg. After studying at the University of Tubingen, where he graduated in 1697 and became lecturer in 1700, he was in 1705 appointed assistant pastor at Herrenberg. There he associated himself with the Separatists; denounced the Church as worldly and as requiring a mere outward profession; objected to infant baptism, and departed from the views of the Church on the intermediate state, on the millennial reign, and on the reconciliation of all things.. For these teachings he was deposed in 1706. After living for a time at Dortenbach, near Calw, he retired to Wittgenstein, and finally to Schwarzenau, near Berleberg. He died Oct. 12, 1707, probably at Schwarzenau (Koch, v… 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: O thou who all things canst control
Author: Sigmund C. Gmelin
Translator: John Wesley (1739)



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