1 Lo! I come with joy to do the Master's blessed 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 loving Mary's heart.
2 Thou, O Lord, my portion art, before I hence remove;
now my treasure and my heart are all laid up above,
far above all earthly things, while yet my hands are here employed,
sees my soul the King of kings, and freely talks with God.
3 O that all might know the art of living thus to thee,
find their heav'n begun below, and here thy glory see,
walk in all the works prepared by thee, to exercise their grace,
till they gain their full reward, and see thy glorious face!
Source: Rejoice in the Lord #470
|First Line:||Lo! I come with joy to do|
|Title:||Lo! I Come with Joy|
|Author:||Charles Wesley (1747)|
Lo! I come with joy to do. C. Wesley. [For Men in Business.] Published in Hymns for those that Seek, and those that Have Redemption, 1747, in 6 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed "For a Believer, in Worldly Business" (PoeticalWorks, 1868-72, voi. iv. p. 214). It is in common use in the following forms:—
1. Lo! I come with joy to do. This was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 316, and has been repeated in several collections in Great Britain and America. From this stanza iv. is usually omitted.
2. Behold I come with joy to do. In the American Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849, and other American collections. This is stanzas i., ii., and vi., slightly altered.
3. Since I've known a Saviour's Name. This altered form of stanzas ii., iv., and vi. was given in the American Prayer Book Collection, 1826, and is repeated in the Hymnal of the Protestamt Episcopal Church, 1871. In the first line of stanza iii. an unfortunate change was made in 1826, and is retained in 1871. The original reads:—
"0 that all the art might know
Of living thus to Thee."
This is changed to—
"O that all the world might know
Of living, Lord to Thee."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)