Scripture Verse

I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. John 13:15


Samuel S. Wesley

Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795).

Music: Apos­tles Sam­uel S. Wes­ley, in A Se­lec­tion of Psalms and Hymns, by Charles Kem­ble (Lon­don: John F. Shaw, 1864), page 52 (🔊 pdf nwc).


If du­ty calls, and suf­fer­ing, too,
My Lord! I’d fol­low Thee;
As Thou hast done, so would I do,
As Thou art, would I be.

With zeal in­flamed, ’twas Thy de­light
To do Thy Fa­ther’s will;
May the same zeal my soul ex­cite
Thy pre­cepts to ful­fill.

Meekness, hu­mil­i­ty, and love
Did through Thy con­duct shine;
O may my whole de­port­ment prove
A co­py, Lord! of Thine.

Depending on Thy so­ve­reign grace,
I’ll tread the heav­en­ly road;
With will­ing mind Thy foot­steps trace,
And climb to Thine abode.

O let me run the Chris­tian race
With dil­i­gence and speed!
God’s word, His Spi­rit, and His grace,
Do all to du­ty lead.

Did Je­sus leave the realms of bliss
To save from sin and hell?
A love so won­der­ful as this
Calls for a glow­ing zeal.