A charge to keep I haveAuthor: Charles Wesley (1762)
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1 A charge to keep I have,
A God to glorify!
A never-dying soul to save,
And fit it for the sky;
2 From youth to hoary age,
My calling to fulfil;
O may it all my powers engage
To do my Master's will.
3 Arm me with jealous care,
As in Thy sight to live;
And, O Thy servant, Lord, prepare
A strict account to give.
4 Help me to watch and pray,
And on Thyself rely;
Assured, if I my trust betray,
I shall for ever die.
Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871
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|Author:||Charles Wesley (1762)|
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A charge to keep I have. C. Wesley. [Personal Responsibility.] First published in his Short Hymns on Select Passages of Holy Scripture, 1762, vol. i.. No. 188, in 2 stanzas of 8 lines and based on Lev. viii. 35. It was omitted from the second edition of the Short Hymns, &c, 1794, but included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book 1780, and in the P. Works of J. & C. Wesley, 1868-72, vol. ix., pp. 60, 61. Its use has been most extensive both in Great Britain and America, and usually it is given in an unaltered form, as in the Wesleyan Hymn Book No. 318; and the Evangelical Hymnal, New York, No. 320. The line, "From youth to hoary age," in the American Protestant Episcopal Hymnal No. 474, is from the American Prayer Book Collection, 1826.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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