1 When shall I hear the inward voice,
Which only faithful souls can hear?
Pardon, and peace, and heavenly joys
Attend the promised Comforter:
He comes, and righteousness divine,
And Christ, and all with Christ, is mine.
2 O that the Comforter would come,
Nor visit as a transient guest;
But fix in me His constant home,
And keep possession of my breast,
And make my soul His loved abode,
The temple of indwelling God.
3 Come, Holy Ghost, my heart inspire;
Attest that I am born again;
Come, and baptize me now with fire,
Or all Thy former gifts are vain.
I cannot rest in sins forgiven;
Where is the earnest of my heaven?
4 Where the indubitable seal,
That ascertains the kingdom mine?
The powerful stamp I long to feel,
The signature of love divine:
O shed it in my heart abroad,
Fullness of love, of heaven, of God!
Source: International Song Service: with Bright Gems from fifty authors, for Sunday-schools, gospel meetings, missionary and young people's societies, prayer-meetings, etc. #274
When shall I hear the inward voice. Part of C. Wesley's "Father, if Thou my Father art," p. 367, ii.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)