Jesus, the Word bestow,
The true immortal seed;
Thy gospel then shall greatly grow,
And all our land o’erspread—
Through earth extended wide
Shall mightily prevail,
Destroy the works of self and pride,
And shake the gates of hell.
Its energy exert
In the believing soul;
Diffuse Thy grace through every part,
And sanctify the whole.
Its utmost virtue showCharles Wesley
In pure consummate love,
And fill with all Thy life below,
And give us thrones above.
Copied from my grandmother’s hymnal, Hymn Book, Methodist Episcopal Church, South: Nashville, TN, 1901, Hymn #687.
Note: The hymns in this hymnal are not titled. So when I do not know the hymn, I make up a title or simply use the first line.
Photo taken in Milton, FL, 2021