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The Spirit of Jesus



Fill me with thy Spirit
      that I may be occupied with his presence.
  I am blind — send him to make me see;
  dark — let him say, ‘Let there be light’!
May he give me faith to behold
  my name engraven in thy hand,
  my soul and body redeemed by thy blood,
  my sinfulness covered by the life of
    pure obedience.
Replenish me by his revealing grace,
  that I may realise my indissoluble union with thee;
  that I may know thou hast espoused me
    to thyself for ever,
    in righteousness, love, mercy, faithfulness;
  that I am one with thee,
    as a branch with its stock, as a building
      with its foundation.
May his comforts cheer me in my sorrows,
  his strength sustain me in my trials,
  his blessings revive me in my weariness,
  his presence render me a fruitful tree of holiness,
  his might establish me in peace and joy,
  his incitements make me ceaseless in prayer,
  his animation kindle in me undying devotion.
Send him as the searcher of my heart,
  to show me more of my corruptions
    and helplessness
  that I may flee to thee,
    cling to thee,
    rest on thee,
  as the beginning and end of my salvation.
May I never vex him by my indifference
    and waywardness,
  grieve him by my cold welcome,
  resist him by my hard rebellion.

Answer my prayers, O Lord,
    for thy great name’s sake.

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