Scripture Verse

Teach me to do Thy will; for Thou art my God: Thy Spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Psalm 143:10


Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns of In­ter­ces­sion for All Man­kind (Bris­tol, Eng­land: E. Far­ley, 1758), num­ber 18, alt.

Music: Bar­ragh John Che­tham, Book of Psal­mo­dy 1718 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles Wesley (1707–1788)


Spirit of heav’n­ly coun­sel, come,
Our le­gis­lat­ors teach Thy will;
To stay a sink­ing na­tion’s doom,
The wis­dom from above re­veal;
Nor let them join the im­pi­ous crowd,
Nor let them scorn to fear their God.

The wis­dom that de­parts from sin,
The gra­cious prin­ci­ple in­fuse,
To keep their hands and con­science clean,
To fit them for their Sav­ior’s use;
Now, Sav­ior, now to each im­part
A sin­gle eye, and up­right heart.

Now let the ge­ne­rous pa­tri­ots rise,
The bur­den of our land to share,
With plea­sure, lux­ury, and vice
To wage an ev­er­last­ing war,
Bold to de­fend re­li­gion’s cause,
And glo­ry in Thy slight­ed cross.

Their first con­cern, their fore­most aim,
Thy king­dom to ad­vance be­low,
While all unit­ed in Thy name
Their zeal for thy of­fi­cials show,
Upon their hearts their coun­try take,
And love, and save her for Thy sake.