The Jubilee

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1 Blow ye the trumpet, blow,
The gladly solemn sound,
Let all the nations know,
To earth's remotest bounds
The year of Jubilee is come,
Return ye ransomed sinners home.

2 Exalt the Son of God;
The all atoning Lamb;
Redemption through his blood
To all the world proclaim:
The year of Jubilee is come,
Return ye ransomed sinners home.

3 Ye who have fold for naught,
Your heritage above:
Come take it back unbought,
The gift of Jesus love:
The year of Jubilee is come,
Return ye ransomed sinners home.

4 The gospel trumpet sounds;
Let all the nations hear,
And earth's remotest bounds
Before the throne appear:
The year of Jubilee is come,
Return ye ransomed sinners home.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, the son of Samuel Wesley, was born at Epworth, Dec. 18, 1707. He was educated at Westminster School and afterwards at Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated M.A. In 1735, he took Orders and immediately proceeded with his brother John to Georgia, both being employed as missionaries of the S.P.G. He returned to England in 1736. For many years he engaged with his brother in preaching the Gospel. He died March 29, 1788. To Charles Wesley has been justly assigned the appellation of the "Bard of Methodism." His prominence in hymn writing may be judged from the fact that in the "Wesleyan Hymn Book," 623 of the 770 hymns were written by him; and he published more than thirty poetical works, written either by himself alone,… Go to person page >


Blow ye the trumpet, blow. C. Wesley. [Year of Jubilee, or the New Year.]This is No. iii. of his seven Hymns for New Year's Day, 1750, in 6 stanzas of 6 lines. It is based upon Lev. xxv. In 1772, and again in 1774, R. Conyers included stanza vi., iii., iv. and vi. in his Collection. This arrangement, however, gave way to one by A. M. Toplady which appeared in his Psalms & Hymns, 1776, No. 318, where stanza ii. is given as vi., stanza iv. as v., and a slight but significant alteration is introduced in stanza iii. Originally lines 1-2 read:—

Extol the Lamb of God,
The all-atoning Lamb.

This was changed to:—

Extol the Lamb of God,
The sin atoning Lamb.

The heated controversy between the Wesleys and Toplady on the questions, vital to them, of Arminianism and Calvinism gave point and meaning to this change. From Toplady's Psalms & Hymns, the text and arrangement of stanzas were taken by other compilers until the hymn acquired universal reputation as his composition. In 1830, it was included with three alterations in the Supplement to the Wesleyan Hymn Book, No. 645, and the error of authorship was rectified. In the revised edition of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875. two of the alterations are repeated: stanza iv., lines 3, "blest," for "bless'd"; and stanza v., "Receive if," for "Shall have it," &c. In varying forms, sometimes, as in Toplady, then as in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, and again in some other shape, this hymn is in very extensive use in all English-speaking countries. Original text in Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. vi. p. 12.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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