STAY, Thou insulted Spirit, stay,
   Though I have done Thee such despite,
Cast not a sinner quite away,
    Nor take Thine everlasting flight.
2  Though I have most unfaithful been,
    Of all whoe’er Thy grace received,
Ten thousand times Thy goodness seen,
    Ten thousand times Thy goodness grieved . . .
3  Yet, O! the chief of sinners spare,
    In honour of my great High Priest;
Nor in Thy righteous anger swear
    To bar me from Thy people’s rest.
4  Now, Lord, my weary soul release,
    Upraise me by Thy gracious hand;
Guide me into Thy perfect peace,
    And bring me to the promised land.
Charles Wesley, 1707-88‡