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THOU great mysterious God unknown,
   Whose love has gently led me on,
    E’en from my infant days,
Mine inmost soul expose to view,
And tell me if I ever knew
    Thy justifying grace.
2  If I have only known Thy fear,
And followed with a heart sincere
    Thy drawings from above,
O, now the further grace bestow,
And let my troubled conscience know
    Thy sweet forgiving love.
3  Short of Thy love I would not stop,
A stranger to the Gospel hope
    And sense of sin forgiven;
I would not, Lord, my soul deceive,
Without a true assurance live,
    That foretaste now of Heaven.
4  Whate’er obstructs Thy pardoning love—
My wilfulness or pride—remove,
    Thy glory to display;
My heart of unbelief convince,
And now forgive me all my sins,
    And take them all away.
5  Father, in me reveal Thy Son,
And to my inmost soul make known
    How merciful Thou art:
The secret of Thy love reveal,
And by Thy Holy Spirit dwell
    For ever in my heart.
Charles Wesley, 1707-88