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Milgrove was Precentor of the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel in Bath (see illustration). This setting comes from his second (of three) collections of "hymns as they are sung at the Right Honourable the Countess of Huntingdon's chappel in Bath". The general congregation (sometimes divided into men and women) should sing the Air, accompanying harmonies to be taken by the choir.

Lyrics: Thomas Jones

O Jesu my God, come make thine abode
Within my poor heart:
O Jesu come quickly, a saviour Thou art.

Salvation I need, I want to be freed
From all my distress,
And feel in my heart the rich blessings of peace.

I thirst to be thine, to feel thee within
Diffusing abroad
Thy love, that my heart may ascend unto God.

This, Lord, thou canst do, And give me to know,
My sins are forgiv'n,
My treasure laid up in the kingdom of heav'n.

Take me as I am, Thy property claim;
My nature refine,
And form my affections and tempers divine.

No more would I breathe, for objects beneath,
But live to thy praise,
Advancing in knowledge, and growing in grace.

Benjamin Milgrove
(1731 - 1810)

Milgrove : O Jesu, my God : illustration


O Jesu, my God

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