Ever fainting with desire

Ever fainting with desire

Author: Charles Wesley
Published in 39 hymnals

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1 Ever fainting with desire,
For thee, O Christ, I call;
Thee I restlessly require;
I want my God, my all.
Jesus, dear redeeming Lord,
I wait thy coming from above;
Help me, Saviour, speak the word,
And perfect me in love.

2 Wilt thou suffer me to go
Lamenting all my days?
Shall I never, never know
Thy sanctifying grace?
Wilt thou not thy light afford?
The darkness from my soul remove?
Help me, Saviour, speak the word,
And perfect me in love.

3 Thou my life, my treasure be,
My portion here below:
Nothing would I seek but thee--
Thee only would I know;
My exceeding great reward--
My heaven on earth, my heaven above:
Help me, Saviour, speak the word,
And perfect me in love.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #445

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: Ever fainting with desire
Author: Charles Wesley
Copyright: Public Domain

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Ever fainting with desire. C. Wesley. [Holiness desired.] Appeared in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1742, p. 219, in 10 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed, "A Prayer for Holiness" (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. ii. p. 274). In 1780 it was included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, No. 344, with the omission of stanzas iii.-vi, and in this form it has been repeated in several hymnbooks. The omitted stanzas contain expressions concerning entire holiness, which gave rise to much controversy, and caused J. Wesley to mark them for omission in later editions of the Hymns & Sacred Poems (Works, vol. x. p. 397; and Poetical Works, vol. ii. p. 274).

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns Adapted to the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d121
A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. with a Supplement #d128
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church: principally from the collection of Rev. John Wesley, M. A., late fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford; with... (Rev. & corr.) #320Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church: Principally from the Collection of the Rev. John Wesley. M. A. #320Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the People Called Methodists, with a Supplement #354Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns: for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church, principally from the collection of the Rev. John Wesley, A. M., late fellow of Lincoln College..(Rev. and corr. with a supplement) #320Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns: for the use of the people called Methodists; in miniature #352Page Scan
A New and Beautiful Collection of Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d87
A New Selection of Hymns: compiled from various authors: with a number of original hymns that have never before appeared in print #CLVIPage Scan
A Pocket hymn book, designed as a constant companion for the pious: collected from various authors #CIIITextPage Scan
A Pocket Hymn Book: designed as a constant companion for the pious, collected from various authors (9th ed.) #CIIIPage Scan
A Pocket Hymn-book: designed as a constant companion for the pious, collected from various authors (18th ed.) #103Page Scan
A Pocket Hymn-Book: designed as a constant companion for the pious: collected from various authors. (21st ed.) #CIIIPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns for Worship (2nd ed.) #174Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #688Page Scan
Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #688Page Scan
Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #494Page Scan
Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #494Page Scan
Hymns and Tunes for Prayer and Social Meetings #61Page Scan
Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #543Page Scan
Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #d172
Methodist Hymn-Book #546Page Scan
New Hymn and Tune book: an Offering of Praise for the Methodist Episcopal Church #379bPage Scan
New Hymn and Tune Book: an Offering of Praise for the Use of the African M. E. Zion Church of America #379bPage Scan
Pocket Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d66
Pocket Hymn Book, Designed as a Constant Companion. 25th ed. #d65
Spiritual Melodies #d76
Spiritual Melodies. Enl. & impr. ed. #d88
The African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymn Book #d103
The Chapel Hymn Book #d87
The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs": for public, social and family worship and private devotions at the Sanitarium, Clifton Springs, N. Y. #292Page Scan
The Heart and Voice: or, Songs of Praise for the Sanctuary: hymn and tune book, designed for congregational singing in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for congregations generally #349aPage Scan
The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #475Page Scan
The Methodist Harmonist, containing a collection of tunes from the best authors, embracing every variety of metre, and adapted to the worship of the Methodist Episcopal Church. New ed. #292.320Page Scan
The Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 35th ed. #d65
The Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. Rev. #d67
The Methodist Pocket Hymn-book, revised and improved: designed as a constant companion for the pious, of all denominations (30th ed.) #CPage Scan
The Spiritual Songster. lst ed. #d36
The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #445TextPage Scan



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