Scripture Verse

Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope. Zechariah 9:12


Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems 1749.

Music: Dia­de­ma­ta George J. El­vey, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1868 (🔊 pdf nwc).

George J. Elvey (1816–1893)
National Portrait Gallery



Prisoners of hope, arise,
And see your Lord appear;
Lo! on the wings of love He flies,
And brings re­demp­tion near!
Redemption in His blood
He calls you to receive:
Come unto Me, the pardoning God.
He cries, believe!

The reconciling word,
We thankfully embrace;
Rejoice in our redeeming Lord,
A blood besprinkled race:
We yield to be set free,
Thy counsel we approve;
Salvation, praise, ascribe to Thee,
And glo­ry in Thy love.

Jesus, to Thee we look,
Till saved from sin’s remains;
Reject the inbred tyrant’s yoke,
And cast away his chains:
Our nature shall no more
O’er us dominion have;
By faith we apprehend the power
Which shall for­ev­er save.

In sure and steadfast hope
To be redeemed below,
On to the holy mountain’s top
We all exulting go:
We shall the prize receive,
We shall be all renewed,
Regain Thine image here, and live
The sinless life of God.