Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"Come O Thou Traveler Unknown"

I recently had the opportunity to preach on the story of Jacob wrestling God in Genesis 32, and I knew early on that I wanted this great Charles Wesley hymn to be a part of that Sunday service. The entire hymn is something like 16 verses, but we contented ourselves with the four in the United Methodist Hymnal. I think this is lovely, and I know that it's not very widely known today, so here it is--enjoy.

"Come O Thou Traveler Unknown"

Come, O thou Traveler unknown,
Whom still I hold, but cannot see!
My company before is gone,
And I am left alone with Thee;
With Thee all night I mean to stay,
And wrestle till the break of day.

I need not tell Thee who I am,
My misery and sin declare;
Thyself hast called me by my name,
Look on Thy hands, and read it there;
But who, I ask Thee, who art Thou?
Tell me Thy name, and tell me now.

Yield to me now, for I am weak,
but confident in self despair!
Speak to my heart, in blessing speak,
be conquered by my instant prayer.
Speak, or thou never hence shalt move,
and tell me if thy name is Love.

'Tis Love! 'tis Love! Thou diedst for me!
I hear Thy whisper in my heart;
The morning breaks, the shadows flee,
Pure, universal love Thou art;
To me, to all, Thy bowels move;
Thy nature and Thy Name is Love.

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