Scripture Verse

Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. 1 Corinthians 6:19

Introduction

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns for Child­ren 1763, num­ber 15.

Music: Am­ster­dam James Nar­es, in The Foun­de­ry Col­lect­ion, 1742 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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James Nares
(1715–1783)

The es­ti­ma­tion in which [Wes­ley’s] com­po­si­tions were held is in­di­cat­ed in a let­ter writ­ten by Mr. Tho­mas Pearce, of Cam­el­ford, Corn­wall. To his daugh­ter, at school, he writes:—Buy of Mr. Ev­ans Mr. Wes­ley’s Hymns for Childr­en, and get them by heart: I will pay for the book and give you a pen­ny for each hymn [you learn], which, I be­lieve, will amount to near­ly four shill­ings. Those hymns af­ford­ed much com­fort to your sis­ter Peg­gy, who is now in hea­ven.

Stevenson, p. 27

Lyrics

Maker, Savior of mankind,
Who hast on me bestowed,
An immortal soul, designed
To be the house of God:
Come, and now reside in me,
Never, never to remove;
Make me just and good, like Thee,
And full of power and love.

Bid in me Thine image rise,
A saint, a creature new;
True, and merciful, and wise,
And pure and happy, too;
This Thy primitive design,
That I should in Thee be blest;
Should within Thine arms divine,
For ever, ever rest.

Let Thy will in me be done;
Fulfill my heart’s desire,
Thee to know, and love alone,
And rise in raptures higher.
Thee descending on a cloud,
Till with ravished eyes I see;
Then shall I be filled with God
To all eternity.