1 Stay, Thou long-suff’ring Spirit, stay,
Tho’ I have done Thee such despite;
Nor cast the sinner quite away,
Nor take Thine everlasting flight.
2 Tho’ I have most unfaithful been,
And long in vain Thy grace received;
Ten thousand times Thy goodness seen,
Ten thousand times Thy goodness grieved.
3 Yet O the mourning sinner spare,
In honor of my great High-Priest;
Nor in Thy righteous anger swear
T’exlude me from Thy people’s rest.
4 My weary soul, O God, release;
Uphold me with Thy gracious hand;
Guide me into Thy perfect peace,
And bring me to the promised land.
Source: Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #283
|First Line:||Stay, thou insulted Spirit, stay|
|Title:||To the Holy Ghost|
Stay, Thou insulted Spirit, stay. C. Wesley. [Lent.] Published in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, vol. i., No. 41, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iv., p. 370.) It was included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 155, with the omission of stanzas vi., and the change of stanzas ii., 1. 4, from, "For forty long rebellious years" (the forty referred to his own age at the time), to "For many long," &c. The Wesleyan Hymn Book form of the text is in most of the Methodist collections, and a few others. Other forms of the text are:—(1) "Stay, injured, grieved, Spirit, stay," in Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833, and later collections; and (2) "Stay, Thou long-suffering Spirit, stay," in the American Methodist Episcopal Hymnal, 1878.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)