Charles Wesley (1707-1788), who wrote hundreds of hymns and poems, was one of the most prolific English poets. His hymns witness to the power of God in Christ today and in every age. He and his brother John Wesley founded Methodism. The Global Praise program offers resources that celebrate the life, work, and message of this powerful servant of God.
The hymns in this section can also be found in The United Methodist Hymnal.
I Want a Principle Within
Words: Charles Wesley, 1749
Music: Louis Spohr, 1834; adapt. by J. Stimpson
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I want a principle within
of watchful, godly fear,
a sensibility of sin,
a pain to feel it near.
I want the first approach to feel
of pride or wrong desire,
to catch the wandering of my will,
and quench the kindling fire.
From thee that I no more may stray,
no more thy goodness grieve,
grant me the filial awe, I pray,
the tender conscience give.
Quick as the apple of an eye,
O God, my conscience make;
awake my soul when sin is nigh,
and keep it still awake.
Almighty God of truth and love,
to me thy power impart;
the mountain from my soul remove,
the hardness from my heart.
O may the least omission pain
my reawakened soul,
and drive me to that blood again,
which makes the wounded whole.
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