Scripture Verse

He that is begotten of God keepeth himself. 1 John 5:18

Introduction

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Christopher Wordsworth (1807–1885)

Words: Chris­to­pher Words­worth, in The Lin­coln Dio­ces­an Ma­nu­al of the Girls’ Friend­ly So­ci­ety, 1881.

Music: Stoke Mrs. G. E. Cole, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1889 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Cole’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

O Lord, our strength in weak­ness,
We pray to Thee for grace,
For pow­er to fight the bat­tle,
For speed to run the race;
When Thy bap­tis­mal wa­ters
Were poured up­on our brow,
We then were made Thy child­ren
And pledged our ear­li­est vow.

Christ with His own blood bought us,
And made the pur­chase sure;
His are we; may He keep us
Sober, and chaste, and pure.
He, God in Man, has car­ried
Our na­ture up to Hea­ven;
And thence the Ho­ly Spir­it
To dwell in us has giv­en.

Conformed to His own like­ness,
May we so live and die,
That in the grave our bo­dies
In ho­ly peace may lie;
And at the re­sur­rect­ion
Forth from those graves may spring
Like to the glo­ri­ous bo­dy
Of Christ, our Lord and king.

The pure in heart are bless­èd
For they shall see the Lord,
For ev­er and for ev­er,
By se­ra­phim adored;
And they shall drink the plea­sure
Such as no tongue can tell
From the clear crys­tal ri­ver,
And life’s eter­nal well.

Sing there­fore to the Fa­ther,
Who sent the Son in love;
And sing to God the Sav­ior
Who leads to realms above;
Sing we with saints and an­gels
Before the hea­ven­ly throne,
To God the Ho­ly Spir­it,
Sing to the Three in One.