XI. Breathing after Holiness

1 Love divine, all love excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down!
Fix in us thine humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown;
Jesus! thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love thou art,
Visit us with thy salvation,
Enter ev'ry trembling heart!

2 Breathe! O breathe thy lovely spirit
Into ev'ry troubled breast!
Let us all in thee inherit,
Let us find the promis'd rest;
Take away the power of sinning,
Alpha and Omega be,
End of faith, as its beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.

3 Come! Almighty to deliver,
Let us all thy life receive!
Suddenly return, and never,
Never more thy temples leave!
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve thee as thy hosts above,
Pray, and praise thee without ceasing,
Glory in thy precious love.

4 Finish then thy new creation,
Pure, unspotted may we be,
Let us see thy great salvation,
Perfectly restor'd by thee!
Chang'd from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee,
Lost in wonder, love and praise!

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First Line: Love divine, all love excelling
Title: Breathing after Holiness
Language: English
Publication Date: 1783
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