In boundless mercy, gracious Lord, appear

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This is an hymn by an unknown author. The words appear in Baptist and Methodist hymn books, but cannot be traced to John or Charles Wesley. They have also been identified with Emanuel Swedenborg. Not cited in John Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology (1907). Creamer, in Methodist Hymnology (1848), says author is unknown. Meter is 10 10. 10 10.

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Coke & Asbury, A Pocket Hymn-Book, 1790

1. In boundless mercy, gracious Lord, appear,
Darkness dispel, the humble mourner cheer;
Vain thoughts remove, melt down this flinty heart;
Cause every soul to choose the better part.

2. Thy presence fills the universal space ;
Thy grace appears to all the fallen race.
O! visit us with light and life divine;
Fill every foul, for every soul is thine.

3. The blessed Jesus is my Lord, my love;
He is my King, from him I would not move:
Away then, all ye objects that divert,
Nor seek to draw from my dear Lord my heart.

4. That uncreated beauty which hath gained
My ravished heart, hath all your glory claimed;
His loveliness my foul hath prepossessed,
And left no room for any other guest.

 

The Christian's Duty, Philadelphia, 1801

1. In boundless mercy, gracious Lord, appear,
Darkness dispel, the humble mourner cheer;
Vain thoughts remove, melt down this flinty heart;
Cause every soul to choose the better part.

2. Thy presence fills the universal space;
Thy grace appears to all the fallen race;
O visit us with light and life divine,
Fill every soul, for every soul is thine.

3. The blessed Jesus is my Lord, my love;
He is my King; from him I would not move;
Away then all ye objects that divert,
Nor seek to draw from my dear Lord my heart.

4. That uncreated beauty which hath gained
My ravished heart, hath all your glory stained;
His loveliness my soul hath prepossessed
And left no room for any guest.

 

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