Scripture Verse

Whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son. Romans 8:29

Introduction

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Elisha A. Hoffman (1839–1929)

Words: Eli­sha A. Hoff­man, in the Church and Sun­day School Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by John D. Brunk (Scott­dale, Penn­syl­van­ia: Men­non­ite Pub­lish­ing House, 1902), num­ber 339.

Music: Open the Wells Charles E. Poll­ock (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Poll­ock (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

Lord, I am fondly, ear­nest­ly long­ing
Into Thy holy like­ness to grow;
Thirsting for more and deep­er com­mun­ion,
Yearning Thy love more ful­ly to know.

Refrain

Open the wells of grace and sal­va­tion,
Pour the rich streams deep in­to my heart;
Cleanse and re­fine my thought and af­fec­tion,
Seal me and make me pure as Thou art.

Dead to the world would I be, O Fa­ther!
Dead unto sin, alive un­to Thee;
Crucify all the earth­ly with­in me,
Emptied of sin and self may I be.

Refrain

I would be Thine, and serve Thee for­ev­er,
Filled with Thy Spir­it, lost in Thy love;
Come to my heart, Lord, come with anoint­ing,
Showers of grace send down from above.

Refrain