11504. Lo! I Come With Joy To Do

1 Lo! I come with joy to do
The Master’s blessèd will,
Him in outward works pursue,
And serve His pleasure still;
Faithful to my Lord’s commands,
I still would choose the better part:
Serve with careful Martha’s hands,
And humble Mary’s heart.

2 Careful, without care I am,
Nor feel my happy toil,
Kept in peace by Jesu’s name,
Supported by His smile;
Joyful thus my faith to show,
I find His service my reward;
Every work I do below,
I do it to the Lord.

3 Thou, O Lord, in tender love
Dost all my burdens bear,
Lift my heart to things above,
And fix it ever there:
Calm on tumult’s wheel I sit,
’Midst busy multitudes, alone,
Sweetly waiting at Thy feet,
Till all Thy will be done.

4 To the desert, or the cell,
Let others blindly fly,
In this evil world I dwell,
Unhurt, unspotted, I:
Here I find a house of prayer,
To which I inwardly retire,
Walking unconcerned in care,
And unconsumed in fire.

5 Thou, O Lord, my portion art,
Before I hence remove!
Now my treasure and my heart
Are all laid up above;
Far above these earthly things
(While yet my hands are here employed)
Sees my soul the King of kings
And freely talks with God.

6 O that all the art might know,
Of living thus to Thee:
Find their Heav’n begun below,
And here Thy goodness see:
Walk in all the works prepared
By Thee to exercise their grace,
Till they gain their full reward,
And see Thy glorious face.

Text Information
First Line: Lo! I come with joy to do
Title: Lo! I Come With Joy To Do
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Source: Hymns for Those That Seek and Those That Have Redemption in the Blood of Jesus Christ, 1747
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Key: E Major
Source: Welsh tune, 1839
Copyright: Public Domain

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