The Smoke Alas, Must Still Ascend

The smoke alas, must still ascend

Author: Charles Wesley
Tune: TALLIS' LAMENTATION
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 The smoke alas, must still ascend,
And never will their torment end,
No respite can the damned obtain,
No interval of rest from pain;
Millions of years shall pass away,
Nor shorten the eternal day,
While still in blasphemies they own
Their punishment but just begun.

2 Vain, wretched man, whose fond desire
Would quench the everlasting fire,
Or teach it will not always last,
After a course of ├Žons past;
O mayst thou never, never know
The dark abyss of endless woe,
Or in its literal strictness feel
The truth of an eternal hell.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9931

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: The smoke alas, must still ascend
Title: The Smoke Alas, Must Still Ascend
Author: Charles Wesley
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Source: Short Hymns on Select Passages of Holy Scripture (Bristol, England: E. Farley, 1762)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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