28“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 kjv
Lovely Lamb, I come to Thee,
Thou hast oft invited me;
Surely now I would be blest,
Give me now the promised rest.
All my business and concern
Is of Thee, my Lamb, to learn;
Show me Thy first lesson, show,
Now alas! I nothing know.
Gentle Thou, and meek in heart,
All humility Thou art;
Full of wrath, and pride I am,
How unlike my lowly Lamb!
But Thou canst my soul transform,
Humble an aspiring worm,
My unbroken spirit break,
Make the angry leopard meek.
Thou art greater than my heart,
Thou canst make me as Thou art,
Sink the proud, and tame the wild,
Change me to a little child.
Turn me, Lord, and turn me now,
To Thy yoke my spirit bow;
Grant me now the pearl to find
Of a meek and quiet mind.
Calm, O calm my troubled breast,
Let me gain that second rest,
From my works for ever cease,
Perfected in holiness.1
Soon, or later then remove,
Take me to my rest above:
All’s alike to me, so I
In my Lord may live, and die.2
- The sixth and seventh stanzas are quoted by AUTHOR-NAME in A Plain Account of Christian Perfection: Part 2. ↩
- These final two lines are quoted by John Wesley in A Plain Account of Christian Perfection: Part 5. ↩