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While my Jesus Iím possessing,

Poet: James Allen, 1757
Meter: 8s,7s Double (8,7,8,7,8,7,8,7)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
While my Jesus Iím possessing,
Greatís the happiness I know;
While his corpse I am caressing,
Sweetest odours round me flow:
Happy Iím in his embraces,
Proving all his kisses sweet;
Singing never-ceasing praises,
Mary-like before his feet.

Oh! how happy are the moments,
Which I here in transport spend;
Live deriving from his torments,
Who remains the sinnerís Friend:
Here Iíll sit for ever viewing
How the blood flows from each vein;
Evíry stream, my soul bedewing,
Mortifies the carnal flame.

Really blessed is the portion
Destiníd me by sovíreign grace;
Still to view divine compassion
In the Saviourís bruised face:
íTis my fixed resolution
Jesus Christ my Lord to love;
At his feet to fix my station,
Nor from thence a hairís breadth move.

Here it is I find my heaven
While upon my Lamb I gaze;
Love I much, Iíve more forgiven;
Iím a miracle of grace:
Fillíd with sinner-like contrition,
With my tears his feet Iíll bathe;
Happy in the sweet fruition
Of my Saviourís painful death.

From his piercíd and wounded body
Issuíd streams of sacred gore;
From his hands and feet so bloody
Flowíd a medícine for each sore:
From his side, that fountain precious,
Pardons with the blood did flow;
This to taste is most delicious,
Causing all within to glow.

May I still enjoy this feeling,
In all need to Jesus go;
Prove his wounds each day more healing,
And from hence salvation draw:
May I have the spiritís unction
Filling me with holy shame;
Still retain a close connection
With the person of the Lamb.

Rewritten variation of this hymn tune:
Sweet the moments, rich in blessing,, written by Walter Shirley, published in The Collection of Hymns to be Universally Sung in all the Countess of Huntingdonís Chapels by Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon.
Allen, James et al. A Collection of Hymns for the Use of Those That Seek, and Those That Have Redemption in the Blood of Christ. Kendal, England: Thomas Ashburner, 1757.