I thirst, thou wounded Lamb of God

I thirst, thou wounded Lamb of God

Author: John Wesley
Tune: BELOIT
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1. I thirst, Thou wounded Lamb of God,
To wash me in Thy cleansing blood,
To dwell within Thy wounds; then pain
Is sweet, and life or death is gain.

2. Take this poor heart, and let it be
For ever closed to all but Thee!
Seal Thou my breast, and let me wear
That pledge of love for ever there.

3. How blest are they who still abide,
Close sheltered in Thy bleeding side;
Who life and strength from thence derive,
And by Thee move, and in Thee live.

4. What are our works, but sin and death,
Till Thou Thy quickening Spirit breathe?
Thou giv’st the power Thy grace to move;
O wondrous grace! O boundless love!

5. How can it be, Thou heavenly King,
That Thou shouldst us to glory bring;
Make slaves the partners of Thy throne,
Decked with a never-failing crown?

6. Hence our hearts melt, our eyes o’erflow,
Our words are lost; nor will we know,
Nor will we think of aught beside,
My Lord, my Love, is crucified!

7. Ah! Lord, enlarge our scanty thought,
To know the wonders Thou hast wrought;
Unloose our stammering tongues to tell
Thy love immense, unsearchable.

8. First-born of many brethren, Thou!
To Thee, lo! all our souls we bow,
To Thee our hearts and hands we give,
Thine may we die, Thine may we live!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #3128

Author: John Wesley

John Wesley, the son of Samuel, and brother of Charles Wesley, was born at Epworth, June 17, 1703. He was educated at the Charterhouse, London, and at Christ Church, Oxford. He became a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and graduated M.A. in 1726. At Oxford, he was one of the small band consisting of George Whitefield, Hames Hervey, Charles Wesley, and a few others, who were even then known for their piety; they were deridingly called "Methodists." After his ordination he went, in 1735, on a mission to Georgia. The mission was not successful, and he returned to England in 1738. From that time, his life was one of great labour, preaching the Gospel, and publishing his commentaries and other theological works. He died in London, in 17… Go to person page >

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I thirst, Thou wounded Lamb of God. [Union with Christ.] This hymn, by John Wesley, first appeared in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1740 (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. i. p. 265), thus—

1. "I thirst, Thou wounded Lamb of God,
To wash me in thy cleansing Blood,
To dwell within thy Wounds; then
Pain Is sweet, and Life or Death is Gain.

2. "Take this poor Heart, and let it be
For ever clos'd to all but Thee!
Seal Thou my Breast, and let me wear
That Pledge of Love for ever there.

3. “How blest are they who still abide,
Close shelter'd in thy bleeding Side!
Who Life and Strength from thence derive,
And by Thee move, and in Thee live.

4. "What are our Works, but Sin and Death,
'Till Thou thy quick'ning Spirit breathe?
Thou giv'st the Power thy Grace to move;
0 wondrous Grace! 0 boundless Love!

5. "How can it be, Thou heavenly King,
That Thou should'st us to Glory bring;
Make Slaves the Partners of thy Throne,
Deck'd with a never-fading Crown?

6. "Hence our Hearts melt, our Eyes o'erflow,
Our Words are lost; nor will we know!
Nor will we think of ought beside
My Lord, my Love is crucify'd!

7. "Ah ! Lord, enlarge our scanty Thought,
To know the Wonders Thou hast wrought;
Unloose our stammering Tongues, to tell
Thy Love immense, unsearchable.

8. "First-born of many Brethren, Thou!
To Thee, lo! all our Souls we bow,
To Thee our Hearts and Hands we give,
Thine may we die, Thine may we live! "

This hymn is made up from four German hymns, all of which appeared in Appendix vii. to the Herrnhut Gesang-Buch, 1735. Of Wesley's hymn stanzas i., ii., are based on stanzas i., iii. of N. L. von Zinzendorf's;
Stanzas iii.-vi. are based on J. Nitschmann's;
Stanza vii. is based on stanzas i., ii. of Zinzendorf’s;
Stanza viii. is based on stanza xiv. of a hymn, by Anna Nitschmann, which begins "Mein Konig deine Liebe."
Wesley's translation was first adopted for congregational use as No. 61 inMoravian Hymn Book, 1742, in full and unaltered. In the 1789 and later editions it is abridged and begins "We pray Thee, wounded Lamb of God." In 1753 Wesley's full text was given in his Hymns & Spiritual Songs, No. 14, and repeated in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780. It is also in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, People's Hymnal, 1867, and others. It is found in the following abridged or altered forms:—
1. Jesu, Thou wounded Lamb of God (i. alt.). The Hymnal Companion and others.
2. 0 come, Thou wounded Lamb of God (i. alt.). Whitefield's Hymns, &c, 1753; Madan's Psalms & Hymns, 1760, and others.
3. 0 come, Thou stricken Lamb of God (i. alt.). Walker's Psalms & Hymns, 1855, &c.
4. Jesus, Thou holy Lamb of God (i. alt.). Rugby Church Hymn Book, 1839.
5. We pray Thee, wounded Lamb of God (i. alt.), in Robinson's Songs for the Sanctuary, N.Y., 1865, &c.
6. Take my poor heart, and let it be (ii. alt.), in Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872.
7. Lord J take my heart, and let it be (ii. alt.). American Presbyterian Hymnal 1874, &c.
8. How can it be, Thou heavenly King (v.). American Methodist Episcopal South Collection, 1847, &c. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Choice Selection of Evangelical Hymns, from various authors: for the use of the English Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York #239Image
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A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in America #d154
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.) #110Image
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) #110Image
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church: Principally from the Collection of the Rev. John Wesley. M. A. #110Image
A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. with a Supplement #d252
A Collection of Hymns: for the use of the people called Methodists; in miniature #25Image
A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the People Called Methodists, with a Supplement #26Image
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the United Brethren in Christ #d161
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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #147Image
A New and Beautiful Collection of Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d139
A New Book of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal and Other Churches #d107
A Pocket Hymn Book: designed as a constant companion for the pious, collected from various authors (9th ed.) #XLVIIImage
A Pocket Hymn-book: designed as a constant companion for the pious, collected from various authors (18th ed.) #47Image
A Pocket Hymn-Book: designed as a constant companion for the pious: collected from various authors. (21st ed.) #XLVIIImage
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Hallowed Songs: a collection of the most popular hymns and tunes, both old, and new, designed for prayer and social meetings, revivals, family worship, and Sabbath schools #259Image
Hallowed Songs: for prayer and social meetings, containing hymns and tunes, carefully selected from all sources, both old and new, and are of the most spiritual..(Newly Revised) #226Image
Harmonia Sacra: a Compilation of Psalm and Hymn Tunes [from the most celebrated European masters] #68Image
Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #394Image
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Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #394Image
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #319Image
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #319Image
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Hymnal Adapted to the Doctrines and Usages of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Revised Edition #209Image
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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book with Accompanying Tunes (Second Edition) #245Image
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Hymns for the Reformed Church in the United States #110Image
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Hymns: original and selected, for public and private worship in the Evangelical Lutheran Church (16th rev. ed.) #384Image
Hymns, Principles of Faith, Church Order, and Divine Services, or Occasional liturgy; for the use of Messiah's Church #83Image
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #384Image
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship (1st ed.) #384Image
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #384Image
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #384Image
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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship, published by General Synod for the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 68th ed. (8th rev. ed.) #d354
Joyful Sound: a collection of new hymns and music with familiar selections #184Image
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Our Glad Hosanna #d122
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The Centenary Singer: a collection of hymns and tunes popular during the last one hundred years #165Image
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The Coronation Hymnal #d154
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The Devotional Chimes: a choice collection of new and standard hymns and tunes, adapted to all occasions of social worship, family devotions, and congregational singing #154bImage
The Emory Hymnal: a collection of sacred hymns and music for use in public worship, Sunday-schools, social meetings and family worship #307Image
The Epworth Hymnal: containing standard hymns of the Church, songs for the Sunday-School, songs for social services, songs for the home circle, songs for special occasions #151Image
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The Finest of the Wheat No. 1 #205Image
The Finest of the Wheat No. 3 #255Image
The Happy Singer #d59
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 #19bImage
The Highway Hymnal: a choice collection of popular hymns and music, new and old. Arranged for the work in camp, convention, church and home #139Image
The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #437Image
The Hymnal of the Reformed Church in the United States #d284
The Hymns for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations #d192
The Jubilee Harp: a choice selection of psalmody, ancient and modern, designed for use in public and social worship #740Image
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The Lesser Hymnal: a Collection of Hymns for the Sunday School and Social Worship ... from The Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d140
The Melodeon: a collection of hymns and tunes with original and selected music, adapted to all occiasions of social worship #157Image
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. #63.110Image
The Methodist Hymnal #335Image
The Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 35th ed. #d115
The Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. Rev. #d117
The Methodist Pocket Hymn-book, revised and improved: designed as a constant companion for the pious, of all denominations (30th ed.) #XLIXImage
The Methodist Protestant Church Hymnal #d205
The Millennial Harp #d192
The New and Living Way, Burning Bush Songs No. 5 #d27
The New Hymn Book: a Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #168Image
The New Living Hymns No. 2 #d145
The Old Story in Song #226Image
The Old Story in Song Number Two #221Image
The Redeemer's Praise #d80
The Reformed Methodist Pocket Hymnal: Revised: collected from various authors. Designed for the worship of God in all Christian churches. #I.43[33]Image
The Revivalist: a Collection of Choice Revival Hymns and Tunes #110Image
The Sacred Lyre #d129
The Sacred Trio: comprising Redemption Songs, Showers of Blessing, The Joyful Sound (Word ed.) #151Image
The Sarum Hymnal #128
The Select Hymn and Song Book #d139
The Service of Song for Baptist Churches #d238
The Service of Song for Baptist Churches #d377
The Silver Trumpet: a collection of new and selected hymns; for use in public worship, revival services, prayer and social meetings, and Sunday schools #57Image
The Song Book of the Salvation Army #d322
The Song Evangel #d90
The Southern Psalmist #d368
The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d382
The Spiritual Songster. lst ed. #d56
The Tribute of Praise: a collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship, and for the use in the family circle and Sabbath school #751Image
The Tribute of praise and Methodist Protestant Hymn Book. #751Image
The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #435Image
The Voice of Triumph (19th ed.) #246Image
The Wesleyan Sacred Harp: a collection of choice tunes and hymns for prayer class, and camp meetings, choirs, and congregational singing #5aImage
The Wesleyan Sacred Harp: a collection of choice tunes and hymns for prayer class and camp meetings, choirs and congregational singing #5aImage
The Young People's Chorister: being a collection of favorite hymns and tunes for Sabbath schools and prayer meetings (New ed.) #179Image
Triumphant Songs No.4 a collection of gospel songs for sunday-schools, revivals, hymns of prayer and praise for devotional meetings #238Image
Unfading Treasures: a compilation of sacred songs and hymns, adapted for use by Sunday schools, Epworth Leagues, endeavor societies, pastors, evangelists, choristers, etc. #71Image
Winnowed Hymns: a collection of sacred songs, especially adapted for revivals, prayer and camp meetings #120fImage