Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Excerpts From " A Pilgrim's Wants"

I want a sweet sense of Thy pardoning love,
That my manifold sins are forgiven;
That Christ, as my advocate, pleadeth above,
That my name is recorded in heaven.

I want every moment to feel
That Thy Spirit resides in my heart,
That His power is present to cleanse and to heal
And newness of life to impart.

I want-Oh! I want to attain
Some likeness, my Saviour, to Thee!
That longed-for resemblance once more to regain,
Thy comeliness put upon me.

I want so in Thee to abide
As to bring forth some fruit to Thy praise;
The branch which Thou pruneth, though feeble and dried,
May languish, but never decays.

I want Thine own hand to unbind
Each tie to terrestial things,
Too tenderly cherished, too closely entwined,
Where my heart too tenaciously clings.

I want by my aspect serene,
My actions and words to declare
That my treasure is placed in a country unseen
That my heart’s best affections are there.

I want-and this sums up my prayer-
To glorify Thee till I die;
Then calmly to yield up my soul to Thy care,
And breathe out in faith my last sigh.
-Author Unknown

3 comments:

Dawn said...

AMEN!!!!

Janet Pohl said...

Andrea,

May I ask where you found this beautiful poem? I'm going to copy it and put it in my Bible. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Andrea said...

I actually found an excerpt of it on another friend's blog, and looked up the entirety myself. I believe it's taken from the Elsie Dinsmore books by Martha Finely - supposedly a poem from an unknown source around the time of it's writing. Hope that helps you!!