Scripture Verse

I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever. John 14:16

Introduction

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems 1739.

Music: Trim­nell F. T. Sut­ton, in The Pri­mi­tive Me­tho­dist Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by George Booth (Lon­don: Pri­mi­tive Me­tho­dist Pub­lish­ing House, 1889), num­ber 178 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Sut­ton’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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Charles Wesley
1707–1788

Lyrics

Granted is the Savior’s prayer,
Sent the gracious Comforter;
Promise of our parting Lord,
Jesus now to Heaven restored.

Christ, who now gone up on high,
Captive leads captivity;
While His foes from Him receive
Grace, that God with man may live.

God, the everlasting God,
Makes with mortals His abode;
Whom the heavens cannot contain,
He vouchsafes to dwell in man.

Never will He thence depart,
Inmate of a humble heart,
Carrying on His work within,
Striving till He casts out sin.

There He helps our feeble moans,
Deepens our imperfect groans,
Intercedes in silence there,
Sighs the unutterable prayer.

Come, divine and peaceful Guest,
Enter our devoted breast;
Life divine in us renew,
Thou the Gift, the Giver, too!