Thou, Lord, Hast Blest My Going Out
Words: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
Music: tune MARTYRDOM, attr. Hugh Wilson, 1827
This hymn by Charles Wesley appeared as #998 in John Wesley's monumental hymnal, A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists. The hymnal's first 539 hymns were published in Wesley's first edition of 1780, with the larger edition including the supplement published in 1876. Wesley titled the hymn "After a Journey." The text demonstrates how thoroughly scriptural are Wesley's hymns:
Thou, Lord, hast blest my going out, (Ps. 121:8)
O bless my coming in!
Compass my weakness round about, (Ps. 139:3)
And keep me safe from sin.
Still hide me in thy secret place, (Ps. 27:5)
Thy tabernacle spread;
Shelter me with preserving grace,
And screen my naked head.
To thee for refuge may I run (Num. 35:6)
From sin's alluring snare,
Ready its first approach to shun, (1 Thess. 5:22)
And watching unto prayer. (1 Pet. 4:7)
O that I never, never more
Might from thy ways depart!
Here let me give my wanderings o'er,
By giving thee my heart.
Fix my new heart on things above, (Col. 3:2; Ezek. 36:26)
And then from earth release;
I ask not life; but let me love, (1 Kgs. 3:11)
And lay me down in peace. (Ps. 4:8)