I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me. Genesis 32:26
Words: John Newton, Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779), Book 1, number 10.
My name is Jacob. Some hymnals change the first line to
Lord, I cannot let Thee go.
Nay, I cannot let Thee go,
Till a blessing Thou bestow:
Do not turn away Thy face,
Mine’s an urgent, pressing case.
Dost Thou ask me who I am?
Ah! my Lord, Thou know’st my name!
Yet the question gives a plea,
To support my suit with Thee.
Thou didst once a wretch behold,
In rebellion blindly bold;
Scorn Thy grace, Thy power defy,
That poor rebel, Lord, was I.
Once a sinner, near despair,
Sought Thy mercy seat by prayer;
Mercy heard, and set him free,
Lord, that mercy came to me.
Many days have passed since then,
Many changes I have seen;
Yet have been upheld till now;
Who could hold me up but Thou?
Thou hast helped in every need;
This emboldens me to plead;
After so much mercy past,
Canst Thou let me sink at last?
No—I must maintain my hold,
’Tis Thy goodness makes me bold;
I can no denial take,
When I plead for Jesu’s sake.