Scripture Verse

The apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith! Luke 17:5


Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems 1740.

Music: Sa­van­nah (Foun­de­ry) The Foun­de­ry Col­lect­ion, 1742 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)


Let us plead for faith alone
Faith which by our works is shown;
God it is who jus­ti­fies,
Only faith the grace ap­plies.

Active faith that lives with­in,
Conquers hell and death and sin,
Hallows whom it first made whole,
Forms the Sav­ior in the soul.

Let us for this faith con­tend,
Sure sal­va­tion is the end;
Heaven al­rea­dy is be­gun,
Everlasting life is won.

Only let us per­se­vere
Till we see our Lord ap­pear,
Never from the Rock re­move,
Saved by faith which works by love.