Scripture Verse

The everlasting Father. Isaiah 9:6


Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns of Pe­ti­tion and Thanks­giv­ing for the Pro­mis­es of the Fa­ther 1746.

Music: Old 113th at­trib­ut­ed to Mat­thäus Grei­ter, Strass­burg­er Kir­chen­amt, 1525 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Grei­ter (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)


Father of ev­er­last­ing grace,
Thy good­ness and Thy truth we praise,
Thy good­ness and Thy truth we prove;
Thou hast, in hon­or of Thy Son,
The gift un­speak­able sent down,
The Spir­it of life, and pow­er and love.

Send us the Spir­it of Thy Son,
To make the depths of God­head known,
To make us share the life di­vine;
Send Him the sprin­kled blood to apply,
Send Him our souls to sanc­ti­fy,
And show and seal us ev­er Thine.

So shall we pray, and ne­ver cease;
So shall we thank­ful­ly con­fess
Thy wis­dom, truth, and pow­er, and love;
With joy un­speak­able ad­ore,
And bless and praise Thee ev­er­more,
And serve Thee as Thy hosts above:

Till, added to that hea­ven­ly choir,
We raise our songs of tri­umph high­er,
And praise Thee in a nob­ler strain,
Out-soar the first-born se­raph’s flight,
And sing, with all our friends in light,
Thy ev­er­last­ing love to man.