Happy the man who finds the grace

Happy the man who finds the grace

Author: Charles Wesley
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1. Happy the man that finds the grace,
The blessing of God’s chosen race,
The wisdom coming from above,
The faith that sweetly works by love.

2. Happy beyond description he
Who knows: The Savior died for me;
The gift unspeakable obtains,
And heavenly understanding gains.

3. Wisdom divine! Who tells the price
Of wisdom’s costly merchandise;
Wisdom to silver we prefer,
And gold is dross compared to her.

4. Her hands are filled with length of days,
True riches, and immortal praise,
Riches of Christ, on all bestowed,
And honor that descends from God.

5. To purest joys she all invites,
Chaste, holy, spiritual delights;
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her flowery paths are peace.

6. Happy the man who wisdom gains,
Thrice happy who his Guest retains!
He owns, and shall for ever own,
Wisdom, and Christ, and Heaven are one.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2142

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 >


Happy the man who [that] finds the grace. C. Wesley. [Happiness in Forgiveness.] Appeared in Hymns for those that seek and those that have Redemption, &c, 1747, No. 18, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, and based on Prov. iii. 13, &c. (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iv. p. 234). In the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, it was given with the omission of stanzas iv., v., viii., as "Happy the man that finds the grace.” Most of the forms of this hymn in use in Great Britain and America are based upon this text of 1780.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)





Henry Kemble Oliver (b. Beverly, MA, 1800; d. Salem, MA, 1885) composed FEDERAL STREET in 1832, possibly as an imitation of earlier psalm tunes in long meter. He took it to a music class taught by Lowell Mason (who may have contributed to the harmony); Mason (PHH 96) published it in his Boston Acade…

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The Cyber Hymnal #2142
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Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #674b
Singing the Faith #500
Small Church Music #3615Audio
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