Scripture Verse

We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7

Introduction

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Fun­er­al Hymns, se­cond ed­i­tion (Lon­don: 1759).

Music: Holm­firth Ben­ja­min Gill, 1905 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pho­to of Gill (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Lyrics

How happy every child of grace,
Who knows his sins forgiven!
This earth, he cries, is not my place,
I seek my place in Heaven—
A country far from mortal sight,
Which yet by faith I see,
The land of rest, the saints’ delight,
The heaven prepared for me.

O what a blessèd hope is ours!
While here on earth we stay,
We more than taste the heavenly powers,
And antedate that day.
We feel the resurrection near,
Our life in Christ concealed,
And with His glorious presence here
Our earthen vessels filled.

O would He more of heaven bestow,
And let the vessels break,
And let our ransomed spirits go
To grasp the God we seek;
In rapturous awe on Him to gaze,
Who bought the sight for me;
And shout and wonder at His grace
Through all eternity!