Sunday, February 12, 2006

Lord, I believe a rest remains,

To all thy people known;

A rest where pure enjoyment reigns,

And thou are loved alone;

A rest where all our souls desire

Is fixed on things above,

Where doubt and pain and fear expire,

Cast out by perfect love.

From every evil motion freed

(The Son hath made us free)

On all the powers of hell we tread,

In glorious liberty.

Safe in the way of life,

Above death, earth, and hell we rise;

We find, when perfected in love,

Our long-sought paradise.

Oh, that I now the rest might know,

Believe and enter in!

Now, Saviour, now thy power bestow,

And let me cease from sin.

Remove this hardness from my heart,

This unbelief remove;

To me the rest of faith impart,

The Sabbath of Thy love.

Come, O my Saviour, come away!

Into my soul descend!

No longer from Thy creature stay,

My author and my end.

The bliss Thou hast for me prepared,

No longer be delayed;

Come, my exceeding great reward,

For whom I first was made.

Come Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

And seal me Thine abode!

Let all I am in Thee be lost;

Let all be lost in God!