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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Jesu, My Strength, My Hope
By Charles Wesley (1707–1788)
 
  JESU, my strength, my hope,
    On thee I cast my care,
With humble confidence look up,
    And know thou hear’st my prayer.
  Give me on thee to wait,        5
    Till I can all things do;
On thee, almighty to create,
    Almighty to renew.
 
  I rest upon thy word:
    The promise is for me;        10
My succor and salvation, Lord,
    Shall surely come from thee.
  But let me still abide,
    Nor from my hope remove,
Till thou my patient spirit guide        15
    Into thy perfect love.
 
  I want a sober mind,
    A self-renouncing will,
That tramples down and casts behind
    The baits of pleasing ill;        20
  A soul inured to pain,
    To hardship, grief, and loss;
Bold to take up, firm to sustain
    The consecrated Cross.
 
  I want a godly fear,        25
    A quick discerning eye,
That looks to thee when sin is near,
    And sees the Tempter fly;
  A spirit still prepared,
    And armed with jealous care,        30
Forever standing on its guard
    And watching unto prayer.
 
  I want a heart to pray,
    To pray and never cease;
Never to murmur at thy stay,        35
    Or wish my sufferings less:
  This blessing above all,
    Always to pray, I want;
Out of the deep on thee to call,
    And never, never faint.        40
 
  I want a true regard,
    A single steady aim
(Unmoved by threatening or reward),
    To thee and thy great name;
  A jealous, just concern        45
    For thine immortal praise;
A pure desire that all may learn
    And glorify thy grace.
 
  I want with all my heart
    Thy pleasure to fulfill,        50
To know myself, and what thou art,
    And what thy perfect will.
  I want, I know not what;
    I want my wants to see;
I want—alas, what want I not,        55
    When thou art not in me!
 
 
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