Scripture Verse

Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Ephesians 5:18–19


Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems, Vol­ume 1, 1749. The orig­in­al was head­ed, In a Hur­ry of Bu­si­ness. Ma­ny hym­nals omit the first stan­za.

Music: Bea­loth Lo­well Ma­son, Sac­red Harp 1843 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lowell Mason (1792–1872)


Help, Lord! the bu­sy foe
Is as a flood come in!
Lift up a stand­ard, and o’er­throw
This soul dis­tract­ing sin.
This sud­den tide of care
Stem by that bloody tree,
Nor let the ris­ing tor­rent bear
My soul away from Thee.

The pray­ing spir­it breathe,
The watch­ing pow­er impart,
From all en­tan­gle­ments beneath
Call off my anx­ious heart:
My fee­ble mind sus­tain
By world­ly thoughts op­pressed:
Appear, and bid me turn again
To my eter­nal rest.

Swift to my res­cue come,
Thine own this mo­ment seize,
Gather my wan­der­ing spir­it home,
And keep in per­fect peace,
Suffered no more to rove
O’er all the earth abroad,
Arrest the pri­son­er of Thy love,
And shut me up in God.