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Father, I Dare Believe

Charles Wesley
(1707-1788)

Father, I dare believe
Thee merciful and true:
Thou wilt my guilty soul forgive,
My fallen soul renew.
Come then for Jesu’s sake,
And bid my heart be clean;
An end of all my troubles make,
An end of all my sin.

I will, through grace, I will,
I do, return to Thee;
Take, empty it, O Lord, and fill
My heart with purity!
For power I feebly pray:
Thy kingdom now restore,
Today, while it is called today,
And I shall sin no more.

I cannot wash my heart,
But by believing Thee,
And waiting for Thy blood t’ impart
The spotless purity:1
While at Thy cross I lie,
Jesus, the grace bestow,
Now Thy all-cleansing blood apply,
And I am white as snow.

 

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  1. The first half of this stanza is quoted by Thomas Cook in Purity and Maturity.
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