God of my life, to thee My cheerful soul I raise

God of my life, to thee My cheerful soul I raise

Author: Charles Wesley
Published in 56 hymnals

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1 God of my life, to thee
My cheerful soul I raise;
Thy goodness bade me be,
And still prolongs my days;
I see my natal hour return,
And bless the day that I was born.

2 My soul and all its powers
Thine, wholly thine, shall be;
All, all my happy hours
I consecrate to thee;
Whate'er I have, whate'er I am,
Shall magnify my Maker's name.

3 Long as I love beneath,
To thee, oh, let me live!
To thee my every breath,
In thanks and praises give!
Creating and preserving grace
Let all that is within me praise.

4 Then, when the work is done,
The work of faith and power,
Receive thy rescued son
In death's triumphant hour;
Like Moses, to thyself convey
My soul, to live in endless day.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #727

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 >

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Author: Charles Wesley

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God of my life, to Thee, My cheerful soul, &c. C. Wesley. [Birthday Hymn.] No. 10 of his "Hymns for Believers," given in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1749, vol. i., No. 123, in 8 stanzas of 6 lines, and again in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 219, with the omission of stanza v. In the revised edition of 1875, No. 229, the original stanzas are given in this order, i., ii., iv., iii., vi., viii., thus making a hymn of 6 stanzas. The last stanza contains the lines:—

"Like Moses to Thyself convey,
And kiss my raptured soul away."

These lines are based upon the Jewish tradition that God drew the soul of Moses from the body by a kiss. Watts has the same idea in his poem on the death of Moses—

"Softly his fainting head he lay
Upon his Maker's breast;
His Maker kissed his soul away,
And laid his flesh to rest."

(See Horae Lyricae, 1706). C. Wesley's Original text is in Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 15.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Choice Selection of Evangelical Hymns, from various authors: for the use of the English Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York #397Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns Adapted to the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d180
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d260
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d261
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #d260
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #1016Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. with a Supplement #d189
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church: principally from the collection of Rev. John Wesley, M. A., late fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford; with... (Rev. & corr.) #520Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church: Principally from the Collection of the Rev. John Wesley. M. A. #520Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d167
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #530Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns: for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church, principally from the collection of the Rev. John Wesley, A. M., late fellow of Lincoln College..(Rev. and corr. with a supplement) #520Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns: for the use of the people called Methodists; in miniature #226Page Scan
A Pocket hymn book, designed as a constant companion for the pious: collected from various authors #CCIVPage Scan
A Pocket Hymn-Book: designed as a constant companion for the pious: collected from various authors. (21st ed.) #CCIVPage Scan
Additional Hymns, Adopted by the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America, at their Session, June 1846, and authorized to be used in the churches under their care #285Page Scan
Christian Hymn and Tune Book, for use in Churches, and for Social and Family Devotions #668Page Scan
Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d153
Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #CCCXLVTextPage Scan
Church Hymn Book; consisting of hymns and psalms, original and selected. adapted to public worship and many other occasions. 2nd ed. #666Page Scan
David's Harp: or the Boston Sabbath school song book, containing a variety of pleasing tunes in all the various metres; also hymns, anthems, and chants...(2nd Rev. Ed.) #141Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Holiness Movement Church #d137
Hymns for Christian Melody #773Page Scan
Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #656Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #643Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship, published by General Synod for the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 68th ed. (8th rev. ed.) #d249
Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #643TextPage Scan
Hymns: original and selected, for public and private worship in the Evangelical Lutheran Church (16th rev. ed.) #643Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #643Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #643Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #643Page Scan
Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #d238
New Hymn and Tune book: an Offering of Praise for the Methodist Episcopal Church #297dPage Scan
New Hymn and Tune Book: an Offering of Praise for the Use of the African M. E. Zion Church of America #297dPage Scan
Pocket Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d84
Pocket Hymn Book, Designed as a Constant Companion. 25th ed. #d85
Seamen's Devotional Assistant and Mariners' Hymns (American Seamen's Friend Society) #d143
Seamen's Devotional Assistant, and Mariners' Hymns; prepared under direction of the American Seamen's Friend Society #478Page Scan
Select Hymns: adapted to the devotional exercises of the Baptist denomination (2nd ed.) #509Page Scan
Spiritual Melodies #d89
Spiritual Melodies. Enl. & impr. ed. #d103
The Baptist Harp: a new collection of hymns for the closet, the family, social worship, and revivals #87Page Scan
The Christian Hymn Book: a compilation of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, original and selected (Rev. and enl.) #1174Page Scan
The Christian Hymnal: a choice collection of hymns and tunes for congregational and social worship #85Page Scan
The Church Hymn Book #d299
The Gospel Trumpeter. Number 3 #199Page Scan
The Gospel Trumpeter: Soul-Inspiring Songs ... #d39
The Heart and Voice: or, Songs of Praise for the Sanctuary: hymn and tune book, designed for congregational singing in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for congregations generally #277bPage Scan
The Joyful News Song Book; a Collection of Hymns for Evangelistic Services. Enlarged ed. #d35
The Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 35th ed. #d86
The Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. Rev. #d88
The Methodist Pocket Hymn-book, revised and improved: designed as a constant companion for the pious, of all denominations (30th ed.) #CCCIXPage Scan
The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #989Page Scan
The Psalms and Hymns, with the Doctrinal Standards and Liturgy of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America #H687Page Scan
The Sacred Lyre #d94
The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #727TextPage Scan



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