Scripture Verse

Whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Roman 8:29


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 199.

Music: Con­for­mi­ty in A Com­pi­la­tion of Ge­nu­ine Church Mu­sic, by Jo­seph Funk (Win­ches­ter, Vir­gin­ia: J. W. Holl­is, 1832) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Funk (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Jesus, my Sav­ior, let me be
More per­fect­ly con­formed to Thee;
Implant each grace, each sin de­throne,
And form my tem­per like Thine own.

My foe, when hun­gry, let me feed,
Share in his grief, sup­ply his need;
The haugh­ty frown may I not fear,
But with a low­ly meek­ness bear.

Let the en­ven­omed heart and tongue,
The hand out­stretched to do me wrong,
Excite no feel­ing in my breast,
But such as Je­sus once ex­pressed.

To others let me al­ways give
What I from oth­ers would re­ceive;
Good deeds for ev­il ones re­turn,
Nor when pro­voked, with an­ger burn.

This will pro­claim how bright ad fair,
The pre­cepts of the Gos­pel are!
And God Him­self, the God of love,
His own re­semb­lance will app­rove.