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John 16:24

“Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”

Rise, my soul, with ardour rise,

Breathe thy wishes to the skies;

Freely pour out all thy mind;

Seek, and thou art sure to find.

Ready art thou to receive?

Readier is thy God to give.

Heavenly Father, Lord of all,

Hear, and show Thou hear’st my call;

Let my cries Thy throne assail,

Entering now within the veil:

Give the benefits I claim—

Lord, I ask in Jesu’s name!

Friend of sinners. King of saints,

Answer my minutest wants,

All my largest thoughts require;

Grant me all my heart’s desire;

Give me, till my cup run o’er,

All, and infinitely more.

Meek and lowly be my mind,

Pure my heart, my will resign’d!

Keep me dead to all below,

Only Christ resolved to know,

Firm and disengaged and free,

Seeking all my bliss in Thee.

Suffer me no more to grieve

Wanting what Thou long’st to give;

Show me all Thy goodness, Lord,

Beaming from the incarnate Word,

Christ, in whom Thy glories shine,

Efflux of the Light Divine.

Since the Son hath made me free,

Let me taste my liberty,

Thee behold with open face,

Triumph in Thy saving grace,

Thy great will delight to prove,

Glory in Thy perfect love.

Since the Son hath bought my peace,

Mine Thou art, as I am His:

Mine the Comforter I see,

Christ is full of grace for me;

Mine (the purchase of His blood)

All the plenitude of God.

Abba, Father! hear Thy child,

Late in Jesus reconciled!

Hear, and all the graces shower,

All the joy, and peace, and power,

All my Saviour asks above,

All the life and heaven of love.

Lord, I will not let Thee go,

Till the blessing Thou bestow.

Hear my Advocate Divine;

Lo! to His my suit I join:

Join’d to His, it cannot fail:

Bless me, for I will prevail!

Stoop from Thy eternal throne;

See, Thy promise calls Thee down!

High and lofty as Thou art,

Dwell within my worthless heart!

Here,6767The reading of the second edition is followed: in the third, the obvious typographical error of the first (“hear”) reappears. In the fourth and fifth we read, “My poor fainting soul revive.”N.B.—In the first three editions of the first volume of “Hymns and Sacred Poems,” which were all published in the year 1739, the hymn given above on John 16:24 is followed by a Paraphrase on Isaiah 51:9, &c., which was withdrawn in the fourth and fifth editions, and published in 1749 in another volume as part of a complete paraphrase on the chapter. In that form it will appear in this edition in due course, and is therefore omitted here. a fainting soul revive;

Here for ever walk and live.

Heavenly Adam, Life Divine,

Change my nature into Thine;

Move and spread throughout my soul,

Actuate and fill the whole:

Be it I no longer now,

Living in the flesh, but Thou.

Holy Ghost, no more delay;

Come, and in Thy temple stay;

Now Thy inward witness bear,

Strong, and permanent, and clear:

Spring of Life, Thyself impart,

Rise eternal in my heart!

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