The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said…Give therefore Thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between good and bad.@1 Kings 3:5-9
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John Newton (1725-1807)

John Newton, Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779), Book 1, number 32. Some hymnals omit the opening stanzas, and start with the verse that begins And dost Thou say…

Hesperus Henry Baker, 1854; first published in A Hymnal for Use in the English Church, by John Grey, 1866 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If Solomon for wisdom prayed,
The Lord before had made him wise;
Else he another choice had made,
And asked for what the worldlings prize.

Thus He invites his people still,
He first instructs them how to choose;
Then bids them ask whate’er they will,
Assured that He will not refuse.

Our wishes would our ruin prove,
Could we our wretched choice obtain;
Before we feel the Savior’s love,
Kindle our love to Him again.

But when our hearts perceive His worth,
Desires, till then unknown, take place;
Our spirits cleave no more to earth,
But pant for holiness and grace.

And dost Thou say, Ask what Thou wilt?
Lord, I would seize the golden hour;
I pray to be released from guilt,
And freed from sin and Satan’s power.

More of Thy presence, Lord, impart,
More of Thine image let me bear;
Erect thy throne within my heart,
And reign without a rival there.

Give me to read my pardon sealed,
And from Thy joy to draw my strength;
To have Thy boundless love revealed
In all its height, and breadth, and length.

Grant these requests, I ask no more
But to Thy care the rest resign;
Sick or in health, or rich or poor,
All shall be well if Thou art mine.