O Come and Dwell in Me

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1 O, come and dwell in me,
Spirit of power within!
And bring Thy glorious liberty
From sorrow, fear, and sin.

2 The inward, deep disease,
Spirit of health, remove!
Spirit of perfect holiness!
Spirit of perfect love!

3 Hasten the joyful day
which shall my sins consume;
when old things shall be done away,
and all things new become!

Hymns of the Spirit, 1864

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 >


O come and dwell in me. C. Wesley. [Holiness desired.] This is a cento compiled from his Short Hymns, &c, 1762 (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. xiii.), as follows: stanza i. from vol. ii., No. 569, on 2 Cor. iii. 17; st. ii. from vol. ii., No. 578, on 2 Cor. v. 17; and st. iii. from vol. ii., No. 713, on Heb. xi. 5. This cento was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 356, and has passed into several collections in Great Britain and America. G. J. Stevenson has an interesting account in his Methodist Hymn Book Notes, 1883, p. 258, of the spiritual use of this cento.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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