O that I were as heretofore! When warm in my first love

O that I were as heretofore! When warm in my first love

Author: Charles Wesley
Published in 52 hymnals

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1 O that I were as heretofore!
When warm in my first love;
I only live my God t'adore,
And seek the things above!

2 Upon my head his candle shone,
And lavish of his grace,
With cords of love he drew me on,
And half unveil'd his face.

3 Far, far above all earthly things
Triumphantly I rode;
I soar'd to heaven on eagles' wings,
And found and talk'd with God.

4 Where am I now, from what a height
Of happiness cast down!
The glory swallow'd up in night,
And faded is the crown.

5 O God, thou art my home, my rest,
For which I sigh in pain!
How shall I 'scape into thy breast,
My Eden how regain?

Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #418

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 that I were as heretofore! When warm in my first love
Author: Charles Wesley

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O that I was as heretofore. C. Wesley. [A Minister’s Prayer.] Published in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, vol. i., No. 188, in 8 stanzas of 6 lines. (Poetical Works, vol. v., 1868-72, p. 105). Two centos from this hymn are in common use:—
1. Give me the faith which can remove. Composed of stanzas iii.-vii. in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 421, and later collections.
2. I would the precious time redeem. Composed of stanzas v.-vii. in the Baptist Hymnal, 1879.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns Adapted to the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d452
A Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Generally Used at Camp and Prayer Meetings #d168
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d628
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d631
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #d630
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #443Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in America #d270
A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. with a Supplement #d458
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.) #88Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church: Principally from the Collection of the Rev. John Wesley. M. A. #88Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the United Brethren in Christ #d261
A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d386
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ: taken from the most approved authors, and adapted to public and private worship #537Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #419Page 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) #88Page Scan
A Collection of Spiritual Hymns: adapted to the Various Kinds of Christian Worship, and especially designed for the use of the Brethren in Christ. 2nd ed. #814Page Scan
A Pocket Hymn-book: designed as a constant companion for the pious, collected from various authors (18th ed.) #271Page Scan
A Pocket Hymn-Book: designed as a constant companion for the pious: collected from various authors. (21st ed.) #CCLXXIPage Scan
Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d532
Family and Social Melodies #d254
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #470Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #470Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Melody #731Page Scan
Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Impr. ed. #d366
Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #873Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #418Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship, published by General Synod for the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 68th ed. (8th rev. ed.) #d570
Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #418TextPage Scan
Hymns: original and selected, for public and private worship in the Evangelical Lutheran Church (16th rev. ed.) #418Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #418Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #557Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #418Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #418Page Scan
New Hymn and Tune book: an Offering of Praise for the Methodist Episcopal Church #105cPage Scan
New Hymn and Tune Book: an Offering of Praise for the Use of the African M. E. Zion Church of America #105cPage Scan
Pocket Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d194
Pocket Hymn Book, Designed as a Constant Companion. 25th ed. #d192
Revival Hymns #4Page Scan
Revival Hymns ... with a Supplement. 2nd ed. #d203
Spiritual Melodies #d233
Spiritual Melodies. Enl. & impr. ed. #d274
The African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymn Book #d325
The American Hymn and Tune Book #d587
The Church Hymn Book #d723
The Harp #658Page Scan
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 #194aPage Scan
The Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 35th ed. #d209
The Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. Rev. #d212
The Methodist Pocket Hymn-book, revised and improved: designed as a constant companion for the pious, of all denominations (30th ed.) #CCXLIVPage Scan
The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #776Page Scan
The Reformed Methodist Pocket Hymnal: Revised: collected from various authors. Designed for the worship of God in all Christian churches. #I.35Page Scan
The Saint's Harp: a collection of hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to prayer and social meetings, and seasons of revival (2nd ed., Rev. and Imp.) #44Page Scan



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