Scripture Verse

Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Revelation 1:5

Introduction

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Short Hymns (Bris­tol, Eng­land: E. Far­ley, 1762), Vol­ume 2, num­ber 823.

Music: Ormes­by George Mer­ritt, in The Pri­mi­tive Me­thod­ist Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by George Booth (Lon­don: Pri­mi­tive Me­thod­ist Pub­lish­ing House, 1889), num­ber 46 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Lyrics

True and faithful witness, Thee
O Jesus, we receive;
Fullness of the Deity,
In all Thy people live;
First begotten of the dead,
Call forth Thy living witnesses,
King of kings, Thine empire spread
O’er all the ransomed race.