The Christian Soldier

O glorious hope of perfect love

Author: Charles Wesley
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1 O glorious hope of perfect love,
It lifts me up to things above;
It bears on eagles wings;
It gives my ravished soul a taste,
And makes me for some moments feast
With Jesus, priests and kings.

2 The things eternal I pursue,
A happiness beyond the view,
Of those that barely pant
For things by nature felt and seen;
Their honor, wealth, and pleasures mean,
I neither have nor want.

3 Nothing on earth I call my own,
A stranger, to the world unknown;
I all their goods despise;
I trample on their whole delight,
And seek a country out of sight;
A country in the skies;

4 There is my house and portion fair,
My treasure and my heart are there;
And my abiding home;
For me my elder brethren stay,
And angels beckon me away,
And Jesus bids me come.

5 I come, thy servant, Lord, replies,
I come to meet thee in the skies,
And claim my heav'nly rest;
Now let the pilgrim's journey end,
Now O my Savior, brother, friend,
Receive me to thy breast.

Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians 1800

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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First Line: O glorious hope of perfect love
Title: The Christian Soldier
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English



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