1 Jesus, for Thee and Thy blessed communion
Longing possesses my heart and my soul.
Break Thou all barriers that hinder our union,
Draw me to Thee and my spirit control.
Show me right plainly the cause of my sighing,
Show Thou my sin and transgression to me
That unto sin I may daily be dying
And that my Spirit may live unto Thee.
2 Quicken my soul through Thy life-giving merit
That I the work of Thy Spirit may prove;
Captive to Thee make my soul and my spirit,
Lead me and draw me when weary I rove.
Gladly from carnal desires I would sever
That Thou alone in my soul mightest dwell,
Give me Thy peace and Thy mercy forever,
Which all my sorrows and conflicts can quell.
3 Oh, who could fully make this his endeavor:
Self to surrender with heart and with soul!
Oh, that the Lord were my all now and ever,
But I yet far away from the goal!
Open, O Jesus, Thine ears to my pleading,
Lend me Thy hand and Thy Spirit me give
That I hereafter that life may be leading,
Which Thy true Christians in holiness live.
4 Merciful Jesus, I meekly remind Thee
Of the assurance Thy sayings proclaim!
That whosoever will seek Thee shall find Thee
And shall receive what they ask in Thy name;
Hence, like the woman of Canaan praying,
Come I to Thee with my sin and my guilt,
Crying for mercy until Thou art saying:
Amen, yea, Amen, it be as thou wilt.
Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #167