Open, Lord, mine [my] inward ear

Representative Text

1 Open, Lord, my inward ear,
and bid my heart rejoice!
Bid my quiet spirit hear
thy comfortable voice,
never in the whirlwind found,
or where earthquakes rock the place;
still and silent is the sound,
the whisper of thy grace.

2 From the world of sin and noise
and hurry I withdraw.
For the small and inward voice
I wait, with humble awe.
Silent am I now and still,
dare not in thy presence move.
To my waiting soul reveal
the secret of thy love.

3 Thou hast undertook for me,
for me to death wast sold;
wisdom in a mystery
of bleeding love unfold.
Teach the lesson of the cross;
let me die with thee to reign.
All things let me count but loss
so I may thee regain.

4 Lord, my time is in thy hand—
my soul to thee convert.
Thou canst make me understand,
though I am slow of heart.
Thine, in whom I love and move,
thine the work, the praise is thine,
thou art wisdom, pow’r, and love,
and all thou art is mine.

Source: Voices Together #548

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Open, Lord, mine [my] inward ear
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


AMSTERDAM (Foundery Collection)

Variation of Hille's SERVICE. For more tune info, see "Hymn Tune Index" ( 1648a-d. Note how attributions to James Nares don't appear until after 1820.

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WHISPER (Lehman)



Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

An Nou Chanté! #42

Hymnal #140

Hymns and Psalms #540

Singing the Faith #450a

Singing the Faith #450b


Voices Together #548

Include 58 pre-1979 instances
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