He wills that I should holy be

He wills that I should holy be

Author: Charles Wesley
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1. He wills that I should holy be;
That holiness I long to feel;
That full divine conformity,
To all my Savior’s righteous will.

2. On Thee, O God, my soul is stayed,
And waits to prove Thine utmost will;
The promise, by Thy mercy made,
Thou canst, Thou wilt in me fulfill.

3. Thy loving Spirit, Christ, alone
Can lead me forth and make free;
Burst every bond through which I groan
And set my heart at liberty.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2347

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, the son of Samuel Wesley, was born at Epworth, Dec. 18, 1707. He was educated at Westminster School and afterwards at Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated M.A. In 1735, he took Orders and immediately proceeded with his brother John to Georgia, both being employed as missionaries of the S.P.G. He returned to England in 1736. For many years he engaged with his brother in preaching the Gospel. He died March 29, 1788. To Charles Wesley has been justly assigned the appellation of the "Bard of Methodism." His prominence in hymn writing may be judged from the fact that in the "Wesleyan Hymn Book," 623 of the 770 hymns were written by him; and he published more than thirty poetical works, written either by himself alone,… Go to person page >

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He wills that I should holy be. C. Wesley. [Holiness.] A cento from his Short Hymns, &c, 1762, thus:—
Stanzas i., ii. Short Hymns. Vol. ii., No. 631. Thes. iv. 3.
Stanzas iii., iv. Short Hymns. Vol. i., No. 325. Deut. xxx. 6.
Stanzas v., vi. Short Hymns. Vol. i., No. 833. Psalms cxliii. 10.
Stanzas vii., viii. Short Hymns. Vol. ii., No. 171. St. Matt. xiv. 36.
In this form it was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 396, is continued in the revised edition, 1875, and is found in many collections in Great Britain and America.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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