Stay, thou insulted Spirit, stayAuthor: Charles Wesley
Published in 354 hymnals
1 Stay, thou insulted Spirit, stay,
Though I have done thee such despite;
Cast not a sinner quite away,
Nor take thine everlasting flight.
2 Though I have most unfaithful been,
Of all, whoe'er thy grace received;
Ten thousand times thy goodness seen,
Ten thousand times thy goodness grieved;
3 But O! the chief of sinners spare,
In honor of my great High Priest;
Nor in thy righteous anger swear
T' exclude me from thy people's rest.
4 If yet thou canst my sins forgive,
E'en now O Lord, relieve my woes;
Me to thy rest of love receive,
And bless me with a calm repose,
5 E'en now my weary soul release,
And raise me by thy gracious hand;
Guide me into thy perfect peace,
And bring me to the promised land.
The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791
Stay, Thou insulted Spirit, stay. C. Wesley. [Lent.] Published in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, vol. i., No. 41, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iv., p. 370.) It was included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 155, with the omission of stanzas vi., and the change of stanzas ii., 1. 4, from, "For forty long rebellious years" (the forty referred to his own age at the time), to "For many long," &c. The Wesleyan Hymn Book form of the text is in most of the Methodist collections, and a few others. Other forms of the text are:—(1) "Stay, injured, grieved, Spirit, stay," in Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833, and later collections; and (2) "Stay, Thou long-suffering Spirit, stay," in the American Methodist Episcopal Hymnal, 1878.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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