Come, Lord, and help me to rejoice

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This is an hymn by Charles Wesley, from Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1742, Part 2, No. 1.

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1. Come, Lord, and help me to rejoice
In hope that I shall hear thy voice,
Shall one day see my God,
Shall cease from all my sin and strife,
Handle, and taste the word of life,
And feel the sprinkled blood.

2. I shall not always make my moan,
Or worship thee a God unknown,
But I shall live to prove,
Thy people’s rest, thy saints’ delight,
The length, and breadth, and depth and height
Of all-redeeming love.


3. I cannot love thee little, Lord,
Whenever by thy grace restored,
I taste how good thou art:
Much I shall love, or not at all,
Forgiven much I surely shall
Love thee with all my heart.

4. O glorious hope of perfect love!
It lifts me up to things above,
It bears on eagle’s wings,
It gives my ravish’d soul a taste,
And makes me for some moments feast
With Jesus priests and kings.


5. Rejoicing now in earnest hope,
I stand, and from the mountain-top
See all the land below,
Rivers of milk and honey rise,
And all the fruits of paradise
In endless plenty grow.

6. A land of corn, and wine, and oil,
Favored with God’s peculiar smile,
With every blessing blest;
There dwells the Lord our righteousness,
And keeps his own in perfect peace,
And everlasting rest.


7. O that I might at once go up,
No more on this side Jordan stop,
But now the land possess,
This moment end my legal years,
Sorrows, and sins, and doubts and fears,
An howling wilderness!

8. Now, O my Joshua, bring me in,
Cast out my foes; the inbred sin,
The carnal mind remove:
The purchase of thy death divide,
And O! With all the sanctified
Give me a lot of love.

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