HYMNS: My God! I Know, I Feel Thee Mine

By Charles Wesley 1707–1788 Charles Wesley
My God! I know, I feel thee mine,
   And will not quit my claim
Till all I have is lost in thine,
   And all renewed I am.

I hold thee with a trembling hand,
   But will not let thee go
Till steadfastly by faith I stand,
   And all thy goodness know.

When shall I see the welcome hour
   That plants my God in me!
Spirit of health, and life, and power,
   And perfect liberty!

Jesu, thine all-victorious love
   Shed in my heart abroad!
Then shall my feet no longer rove,
   Rooted and fixed in God.

Love only can the conquest win,
   The strength of sin subdue
(Mine own unconquerable sin),
   And form my soul anew.

Love can bow down the stubborn neck,
   The stone to flesh convert;
Soften, and melt, and pierce, and break
   An adamantine heart.

Oh, that in me the sacred fire
   Might now begin to glow,
Burn up the dross of base desire,
   And make the mountains flow!

Oh, that it now from heaven might fall,
   And all my sins consume!
Come, Holy Ghost, for thee I call,
   Spirit of burning, come!

Refining fire, go through my heart,
   Illuminate my soul;
Scatter thy life through every part,
   And sanctify the whole.

Sorrow and sin shall then expire,
   While, entered into rest,
I only live my God t’admire—
   My God forever blest.

No longer then my heart shall mourn,
   While purified by grace
I only for his glory burn,
   And always see his face.

My steadfast soul, from falling free,
   Shall then no longer move;
But Christ be all the world to me,
   And all my heart be love.

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Poet Charles Wesley 1707–1788


Subjects Relationships, Love, Religion, Faith & Doubt, God & the Divine, Christianity

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Series/Sequence


Charles Wesley was a prolific Methodist poet and hymnist writing during the eighteenth-century Christian revival. While Wesley is rarely mentioned in standard histories of the period, his immense body of work—including poems, hymns, and a fascinating journal documenting his time in America—interests scholars both for its religiosity and its first-hand account of a tumultuous period. Yet the immense quantity of his poetry and its . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Religion, Faith & Doubt, God & the Divine, Christianity


Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Series/Sequence

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