Away with our fears, The glad morning appears

Away with our fears, The glad morning appears

Author: Charles Wesley
Published in 42 hymnals

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >


Away with my [our] fears! The glad morning appears. C. Wesley. [Thanksgiving.] This hymn was written for use on the celebration of a Birthday, and in many respects it is eminently suited thereto. It was first published in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, vol. ii., No. 190, in 14 stanzas of 6 lines, and entitled "On his Birthday." Under the date "June 17, 1788," J. Wesley refers to this hymn in the following manner:—

"I this day enter on my eighty-fifth year; and what cause have I to praise God, as for a thousand spiritual blessings, so for bodily blessings also! How little have I suffered yet by the rush of numerous years! . . . Even now, though I find daily pain in my eye, or temple, or arm, yet it is never violent, and seldom lasts many minutes at a time. Whether or not this is sent to give me warning that I am shortly to quit this tabernacle, I do not know; but be it one way or the other, I have only to say:—

‘My remnant of days I spend in His praise,
Who died the whole world to redeem:
My days are His due,
Be they many or few,
And they all are devoted to Him.'“

When included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 221, stanzas ii. and xi. were omitted. This form is repeated in the new edition, 1875, and also in numerous hymnals of the Methodist bodies at home and abroad. Original text in Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 400.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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