Scripture Verse

We being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:17

Introduction

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François H. Barthélémon
(1741–1808)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns on the Lord’s Sup­per (Bris­tol, Eng­land: Fe­lix Far­ley, 1745), num­ber 96.

Music: Bal­ler­ma Fran­çois H. Bar­thé­lé­mon (1741–1808). Adapt­ed by Ro­bert Simp­son in A Se­lect­ion of Or­ig­in­al Sac­red Mu­sic, 1833 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you have ac­cess to a bet­ter pic­ture of Bar­thé­lé­mon, would you ?

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Anecdote

Thomas Ross was brought up a Ro­man Ca­tho­lic; but on his com­ing of age, he read the Scrip­tures for him­self, saw the er­rors of his past life, be­gan to at­tend the min­is­try of the Me­thod­ists in 1797, and was ad­mit­ted a mem­ber of So­ci­e­ty by the Rev. Sam­u­el Brad­burn. He was for some years a stew­ard, trus­tee, and class lead­er, and faith­ful­ly served in each of­fice. His last ill­ness was short, but his mind en­joyed much peace. The night be­fore his de­par­ture he re­peat­ed his fa­vou­rite hymn which spoke the lan­guage of his heart—

Happy the souls to Jesus joined,
And saved by grace alone, &c

In this de­light­ful frame, his spir­it re­turned to God who gave it, 6th Feb­ru­a­ry 1847, aged se­ven­ty years.

Stevenson, p. 26

Lyrics

Happy the souls to Jesus joined,
And saved by grace alone,
Walking in all His ways they find
Their heaven on earth begun.

The Church triumphant in Thy love,
Their mighty joys we know;
They sing the Lamb in hymns above,
And we in hymns below.

Thee in Thy glorious realm they praise,
And bow before Thy throne,
We in the kingdom of Thy grace:
The kingdoms are but one.

The holy to the holiest leads,
From thence our spirits rise,
And he that in Thy statutes treads
Shall meet Thee in the skies.