How happy every child of grace, Who knows his sins forgiven!

How happy every child of grace, Who knows his sins forgiven!

Author: Charles Wesley
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1 How happy ev’ry child of grace,
Who knows his sins forgiv’n!
“This earth,” he cries, “is not my place,
I seek my place in heav’n,
A country far from mortal sight,
Yet, oh, by faith I see,
The land of rest, the saints’ delight,
The heav’n prepared for me.”

I’ll see Jesus!
That will be the sweetest recompense for all sorrow
felt while here below.

2 Oh, what a blessed hope is ours!
While here on earth we stay,
We more than taste the heav’nly pow’rs,
And antedate that day;
We feel the resurrection near,
Our life in Christ concealed,
And with His glorious presence here
Our earthen vessels filled. [Refrain]

3 Oh, would He more of heav’n bestow,
The word of welcome speak,
And let our ransomed spirits go
To grasp the God we seek;
In rapturous awe on Him to gaze,
Who bought the sight for me;
And shout and wonder at His grace
Through all eternity. [Refrain]

Source: The Finest of the Wheat No. 2 #130

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: How happy every child of grace, Who knows his sins forgiven!
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


How happy every child of grace. C. Wesley. [The Hope of Heaven.] Published in his Funeral Hymns, 2nd series, 1759, No. 2, in 8 stanzas of 8 lines, and from thence into the Supplement of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1830. G. J. Stevenson has given interesting "Associations" in his Methodist Hymn Book Notes, 1883, setting forth the spiritual help this hymn has been to many. (Original text, Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. vi. p. 216.) Its use with the Methodist bodies in all English-speaking countries is extensive. A cento from this hymn, beginning "A stranger in the world below," is given in H. W. Beecher's Plymouth Collection, 1855, No. 1273. It is composed of stanzas ii. and iii. A second cento in the American Hymns and Songs of Praise, N. Y., 1874, is, "O what a blessed hope is ours" (stanzas vii., viii.).

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



See also ALIDA'S TUNE, which is very similar in the first phrases, but then diverges somewhat from ALIDA.

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