Scripture Verse

I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me. Genesis 32:26


Jacob Wrestling with the Angel
Eugène Delacroix

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems 1740.

Music: St. Eth­el­dre­da Tho­mas Tur­ton, 1860 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Charles Wesley


Shepherd divine, our wants relieve
In this our evil day,
To all Thy tempted followers give
The power to watch and pray.

Long as our fiery trials last,
Long as the cross we bear,
O let our souls on Thee be cast
In ne­ver ceasing prayer!

The Spi­rit of interceding grace
Give us in faith to claim;
To wrestle till we see Thy face,
And know Thy hidden name.

Till thou Thy perfect love impart,
Till thou thyself bestow,
Be this the cry of every heart,
“I will not let Thee go:

“I will not let Thee go, unless
Thou tell Thy name to me,
With all Thy great sal­va­tion bless,
And make me all like Thee:

Then let me on the mountain top
Behold Thy open face,
Where faith in sight is swallowed up,
And prayer in endless praise.