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DIVINE LOVE.

From the German.

I.
1 THOU hidden Love of GOD, whose Height,
2 Whose Depth unfathom'd no Man knows,
3 I see from sar thy beauteous Light,
4 Inly I sigh for thy Repose.
5 My Heart is pain'd, not can it be
6 At Rest, till it finds Rest in Thee.
II.
7 Thy secret Voice invites me still
8 The Sweetness of thy Yoke to prove;
9 And fain I would: but tho' my Will
10 Be fixt, yet wide my Passions rove.
11 Yet Hindrances strew all the Way;
12 I aim at Thee, yet from Thee stray.
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III.
13 'Tis Mercy all, that Thou hast brought
14 My Mind to seek her Peace in Thee!
15 Yet while I seek, but find Thee not,
16 No Peace my wandring Soul shall see.
17 O when shall all my Wandrings end,
18 And all my Steps to Thee-ward tend?
IV.
19 Is there a Thing beneath the Sun,
20 That strives with Thee my Heart to share?
21 Ah tear it thence, and reign alone,
22 The Lord of ev'ry Motion there:
23 Then shall my Heart from Earth be free,
24 When it has found Repose in Thee.
V.
25 O hide this SELF from me, that I
26 No more, but CHRIST in me may live!
27 My vile Affections crucify,
28 Nor let one darling Lust survive.
29 In all things nothing may I see,
30 Nothing desire, or seek but Thee!
VI.
31 O LOVE, thy Sov'reign Aid impart,
32 To save me from low-thoughted Care:
33 Chase this Self-will thro' all my Heart,
34 Thro' all its latent Mazes there.
35 Make me thy duteous Child, that I
36 Ceaseless may Abba Father cry.
VII.
37 Ah no! ne'er will I backward turn:
38 Thine wholly, thine alone I am!
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39 Thrice happy He, who views with Scorn
40 Earth's Toys for Thee his constant Flame.
41 O help, that I may never move
42 From the blest Footsteps of thy Love!
VIII.
43 Each Moment draw from Earth away
44 My Heart, that lowly waits thy Call:
45 Speak to my inmost Soul, and say
46 I am thy Love, thy GOD, thy All!
47 To feel thy Pow'r, to hear thy Voice,
48 To taste thy Love is all my Choice!

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Title (in Source Edition): DIVINE LOVE. From the German.
Author: Rev. John Wesley (translator)
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Genres: hymn; translation

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Hymns and sacred poems: Published by John Wesley, ... and Charles Wesley, ... London: printed by William Strahan; and sold by James Hutton; and at Mr. Bray's, 1739, pp. 78-80. x,[6],223,[1]p.; 12⁰. (ESTC T31323; OTA K034809.000)

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