Scripture Verse

Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God. Ephesians 4:30

Introduction

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William M. Bunting
1805–1866

Words: Will­iam M. Bun­ting (1805–1866).

Music: Sey­mour from the op­era Ob­er­on, by Carl M. von We­ber, 1826. Hen­ry W. Great­or­ex pub­lished it as a hymn tune in 1851 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know when this hymn was writ­ten,

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Carl M. von Weber
1786–1826

Lyrics

Holy Spi­rit! pity me,
Pierced with grief for grieving Thee;
Present, though I mourn apart,
Listen to a wailing heart.

Sins unnumbered I confess,
Of exceeding sinfulness,
Sins against Thy­self alone,
Only to Omniscience known.

Deafness to Thy whispered calls,
Rashness ’midst remembered falls,
Transient fears beneath the rod,
Treacherous trifling with my God.

Tasting that the Lord is good,
Pining then for poisoned food;
At the fountains of the skies
Craving creaturely supplies!

Worldly cares at worship time:
Groveling aims in works sublime;
Pride, when God is passing by!
Sloth, when souls in darkness die!

Chilled devotions, changed desires,
Quenched corruption’s earlier fires:
Sins like these my heart deceive,
Thee, who only know’st them, grieve.

O how lightly I have slept,
With Thy daily wrongs unwept!
Sought Thy chiding to defer,
Shunned the wounded Com­fort­er.

Woke to holy labors fresh,
With the plague-spot in my flesh;
Angel seemed to human sight,
Stood a leper in Thy light!

Still Thy comforts do not fail,
Still Thy healing aids avail;
Patient Inmate of my breast,
Thou art grieved, yet I am blest.

O be merciful to me,
Now in bitterness for Thee!
Father, pardon through Thy Son
Sins against Thy Spi­rit done!