The hymn was written in 1740 by Charles Wesley (1707 -1788). It can be sung to a number of different tunes, including Aberystwyth by Joseph Parry (1841 - 1903) and Hollingside by John Bacchus Dykes (1823 - 1876).
Jesu, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high:
Hide me, O my Saviour, hide, till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide; O receive my soul at last!
Other refuge have I none, hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, Ah! Leave me not alone, still support and comfort me:
All my trust of Thee is stayed; All my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenceless head with the shadow of Thy wing.
Wilt Thou not regard my call, wilt Thou not accept my prayer?
Lo, I sink, I faint, I fall; Lo, on Thee I cast my care;
Reach me out Thy gracious hand! While I of Thy strength receive,
Hoping against hope, I stand, dying , and behold, I live!
Thou, O Christ, art all I want; More than all in Thee I find;
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint, heal the sick, and lead the blind.
Just and holy is Thy name, I am all unrighteousness;
False, and full of sin I am, Thou art full of truth and grace.
Plenteous grace with Thee is found, grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound, make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art, freely let me take of Thee;
Spring Thou up within my heart, rise to all eternity.