Scripture Verse

By one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14

Introduction

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Joachim Lange
1670–1744

Words: Jo­ach­im Lange, Geist­reich­es Ge­sang-Buch (Hal­le, Ger­ma­ny: 1697) (O Je­su, Süss­es Licht). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by John Wes­ley, Wes­ley­an Hymn Book, 1780, num­ber 419 (trans­la­tion omits first stan­za).

Music: Pa­ter Om­ni­um Hen­ry J. E. Holmes, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John Wesley
1703–1791

Lyrics

O God, what offering shall I give
To Thee, the Lord of earth and skies!
My spirit, soul, and flesh receive,
A holy, living sacrifice!
Small as it is, ’tis all my store:
More should’st Thou have, if I had more.

Now then, my God, Thou hast my soul:
No longer mine, but Thine I am:
Guard Thou Thine own, possess it whole!
Cheer it with hope, with love inflame!
Thou hast my spirit: there display
Thy glo­ry to the perfect day.

Thou hast my flesh, Thy hallowed shrine,
Devoted solely to Thy will;
Here let Thy light for­ev­er shine:
This house still let Thy presence fill:
O Source of life, live, dwell and move,
In me, till all my life be love!

O ne­ver in these vales of shame,
(Sad fruits of sin) my glorying be;
Clothe with sal­va­tion, through Thy name,
My soul, and let me put on Thee!
Be living faith my costly dress,
And my best robe, Thy right­eous­ness.

Send down Thy likeness from above,
And let this my adorning be;
Clothe me with wisdom, patience, love,
With lowliness and purity;
Than gold and pearls more precious far,
And brighter than the morning star.

Lord, arm me with Thy Spi­rit’s might,
Since I am called by Thy great name!
In Thee let all my Thoughts unite,
Of all my works be Thou the aim:
Thy love attend me all my days,
And my sole business be Thy praise.