Son of the carpenter, receive

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1 Son of the carpenter! receive
This humble work of mine,
Worth to my meanest labor give,
By joining it to thine.

2 Servant of all, to toil for man
Thou wouldst not, Lord, refuse;
Thy majesty did not disdain
To be employed for us.

3 Thy bright example I pursue,
To thee in all things rise;
And all I think or speak or do
Is but one sacrifice.

4 Careless through outward cares I go,
From all distraction free;
My hands are but engaged below,
My heart is still with thee.

5 Oh! when wilt thou, my life, appear?
How gladly would I cry--
'Tis done the work thou gav'st me here,
'Tis finished, Lord! and fly.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #602

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: Son of the carpenter, receive
Author: Charles Wesley


Son of the carpenter, receive. C. Wesley. [To be Sung at Work.] Published in Hymns and Poems, 1739, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "To be sung at work." (Poetical Works, 1868-72, volumes i. p. 172.) Two centos from this hymn, and both beginning with stanzas ii., "Servant of all, to toil for man,” are in common use. The first, composed of stanzas ii.-iv. appeared in the Wesleyan Hymn Book 1780, No. 313, and the second, stanzas ii.-iv. and i. in the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Composed by John B. Dykes (PHH 147), BEATITUDO was published in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875), where it was set to Isaac Watts' "How Bright Those Glorious Spirits Shine." Originally a word coined by Cicero, BEATITUDO means "the condition of blessedness." Like many of Dykes's…

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