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Ah, whither should I go

Ah, whither should I go

Author: Charles Wesley
Tune: DUNBAR (13215)
Published in 174 hymnals

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1 Ah! whither should I go,
Burden'd, and sick, and faint?
To whom should I my trouble show,
And pour out my complaint?
My Saviour bids me come;
Ah! why do I delay?
He calls the weary sinner home,
And yet from him I stay.

2 What is it keeps me back,
From which I can not part--
Which will not let the Saviour take
Possession of my heart?
Searcher of hearts, in mine
Thy trying power display;
Into the darkest corners shine,
And take the vail away.

3 I now believe; in thee
Compassion reigns alone;
According to my faith, to me,
Oh, let it, Lord be done!
In me is all the bar,
Which thou wouldst fain remove:
Remove it, and I shall declare
That God is only love.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #407

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: Ah, whither should I go
Author: Charles Wesley
Copyright: Public Domain


Ah, whither should I go. C. Wesley. [Lent.] First published in his Hymns on God’s Ever lasting Love, 1741, No. 14, in 16 stanzas of 8 lines. In 1780 stanzas i.-iv. were given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book as one hymn, and stanzas xiv.-xvi., "Lo in Thy hand," as a second, under the division "For mourners convinced of Sin." Although the latter was omitted from the revised edition, 1875, yet both hymns are found in a considerable number of collections, both in Great Britain and America. Original text in Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iii. p. 89.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


DUNBAR (13215)

[Ah! whither should I go]


George William Martin (b. London, England, 1825; d. London, 1881) composed LEOMINSTER, named for a town in the county of Hereford and Worcester (formerly Herefordshire), England. The tune was first published in The Journal of Part Music (vol. 2, 1862), in which it was titled THE PILGRIM'S SONG. Mart…

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