Scripture Verse

…a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit. Ephesians 2:22


Charles Wesley

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Short Hymns on Se­lect Pas­sag­es of the Ho­ly Scrip­tures (Bris­tol, Eng­land: E. Far­ley, 1762), cen­to.

Music: St. Mi­chael me­lo­dy by Lou­is Bour­geois in the French Ge­ne­van Psal­ter, 1551. Adapt­ed by Will­iam Crotch in his Psalm Tunes, 1836 (🔊 pdf nwc).

William Crotch

Rev. Will­iam In­glis was a pi­ous and use­ful Wes­ley­an lo­cal preach­er. One of his val­ued ad­mo­ni­tions was: When the world as­saults you, watch and pray; when the flesh, flee and pray; when the de­vil, fight and pray.

The last pub­lic ser­vice that he con­duct­ed was a se­ven o’clock morn­ing pray­er meet­ing. He gave out this hymn and read with spe­cial em­pha­sis and im­press­ive­ness the third and fourth stan­zas.

That ev­en­ing, in re­turn­ing to the same cha­pel, he sud­den­ly fell to the ground, and life was ex­tinct. They re­called then how sol­emn­ly he had read at the close of the morn­ing pray­er meet­ing:

And soon or later then translate
To my eternal bliss.

Nutter, pp. 195–96


O come and dwell in me,
Spirit of power within,
And bring the glorious liberty
From sorrow, fear, and sin.

Hasten the joyful day
Which shall my sins consume,
When old things shall be done away,
And all things new become.

I want the witness, Lord,
That all I do is right,
According to Thy mind and Word,
Well pleasing in Thy sight.

I ask no higher state;
Indulge me but in this,
And soon or later then translate
To my eternal bliss.