The Pilgrim's Wants

09 November 2011

The Pilgrim's Wants
(author unknown)

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 to be marked for thine own--
Thy seal on my forehead to wear;

To receive that new name on the mystic white stone

Which none but thyself can declare.

I want so in thee to abide
As to bring forth some fruit to thy praise;

The branch which thou prunest, though feeble and dried,

May languish, but never decays.

I want thine own hand to unbind
Each tie to terrestrial things,
Too tenderly cherished, too closely entwined,

Where my heart so tenaciously clings.

I want, by my aspects 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 as a trav'ller to haste
Straight onward, nor pause on my way;

Nor forethought in anxious contrivance to waste

On the tent only pitched for a day.

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 breath out in faith my last sigh.

Oh, how wonderfully well those words fit the desires of a Christian heart! Here's a big thank you to Miss Elizabeth for letting me share them here on her blog! <3

I couldn't find out who wrote the poem; the poem was found in the first book of the beloved Elsie Dinsmore series. There's a youtube video with the words read aloud, and the video is nicely done. Please check it out! :) A Pilgrim's Wants

"Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."
Psalm 37:4 (KJV)

5 epistles:

  1. That is truly a beautiful poem, and truly echoes my heart's cry!
    Thank you for sharing Miss Starlie!

  2. Hi Elizabeth Rose!

    We are doing a special challenge next year: faithfully memorizing 52 verses!! I know that it is difficult for an individual to continue in their memory of God’s Word, yet it is so important! So we are hoping to get a group of girls who are committed to memorize one verse each week in 2012. Would you like to join us??

    ~Ana Renee

  3. This is my very FAVORITE poem! It's what I long and dream of , its such a blessing reading it over and over again!


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