Pray Without Ceasing

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1 Shepherd Divine, our wants relieve
in this our evil day;
to all thy tempted followers give
the power to watch and pray.

2 Long as our fiery trials last,
long as the cross we bear,
O let our souls on thee be cast
in never-ceasing prayer.

3 The Spirit of interceding grace
give us in faith to claim;
to wrestle till we see thy face,
and know thy hidden name.

4 Till thou thy perfect love impart,
till thou thyself bestow,
be this the cry of every heart:
'I will not let thee go.'

5 I will not let thee go, unless
thou tell thy name to me;
with all thy great Salvation bless,
and make me all like thee.

6 Then let me on the mountain-top
behold thine open face;
where faith in sight is swallowed up,
and prayer in endless praise.

Source: CPWI Hymnal #489

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 >



Thomas Turton (b. Hatfield, Yorkshire, England, 1780; d. Westminster, Middlesex, England, 1864) composed ST. ETHELDREDA in 1860; it was published in James Turle's Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship (1863). Educated at Catharine Hall, Cambridge, England, Turton became a professor of mathematics at C…

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Instances (1 - 8 of 8)

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #655

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Common Praise #566

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CPWI Hymnal #489

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #228

Hymns and Psalms #558a

Hymns and Psalms #558b

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Rejoice in the Lord #245


The Cyber Hymnal #5949

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