“My God! I Know, I Feel Thee Mine”

I discovered this hymn not long ago and still am moved by the poetic words.  It’s a prayer I want for my life, and I pray for yours too… that we will walk closely with God, commit our ways to him, and be filled with His love.  I especially  love the last portion.. it’s beautiful.

My God! I Know, I Feel Thee Mine

1 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12 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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