1 Abraham, when severely tried,
His faith by his obedience showed;
He with the harsh command complies,
And gave his Isaac back to God.
2 His son the father offered up--
Son of his age, his only son;
Object of all his joy and hope.
And less beloved than God alone.
3 Oh, for a faith like his, that we
The bright example may pursue;
May gladly give up all to thee,
To whom our more than all is due.
4 Is there a thing than life more dear?
A thing from which we cannot part?
We can, we now rejoice to tear
The idol from our bleeding heart.
5 Jesus, accept our sacrifice;
All things for thee we count but loss:
Lo! at thy word our idol dies--
Dies on the altar of thy cross.
6 For what to thee, O Lord, we give,
A hundred-fold we here obtain;
And soon with thee shall all receive,
And loss shall be eternal gain.
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #623
Abraham, when severely tried . C. Wesley. [Faith .] From Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1740, p. 12, and entitled "The Life of Faith Exemplified," being a paraphrase of Heb. xi. in 80 st. In 1780, 7 stanzas were included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, No. 277, from whence it has passed into most of the collections of the Methodist bodies. Original text in Poetical Works of J. & C. Wesley, 1868-72, vol. i., p. 214.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)