Ah! Whither Would Ye Fly?

Ah! Whither would ye fly

Author: Charles Wesley
Published in 2 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Ah! whither should we fly
In peril and distress,
While all the dogs of war are nigh,
The enemies of peace!
Almighty God of love,
On Thee our souls we cast
Hide Thou our hunted lives above,
And save the land at last.

2 A leopard watches o’er
Our cities night and day,
Prepared with unrelenting power
To spring upon the prey:
The alien armies wait,
Lured by the scent of blood,
As awful ministers of fate,
As thunderbolts of God.

3 Yet if our sin demands,
Its just reward of pain,
O let us fall into the hands
Of God, and not of man:
His tender mercies wound,
Remorseless as the grave;
But pity in Thy wrath is found,
Which only strikes to save.

4 In measure then reprove,
In love Thine own chastise,
But baffle, and far off remove,
Our threatening enemies;
Blast their devices, Lord,
Nor let their counsel stand,
Break Thou the spear, and wrest the sword
Out of the ruffian’s hand.

5 Thyself the men restrain
Who our destruction seek,
So shall they fiercely strive in vain
The secret bar to break:
Their bound they cannot pass,
If God assign their bound,
And Jesus, as a wall of brass,
Our troubled land surround.

6 But our defense is sure,
Whate’er event betide,
Beneath th’Almighty Shade secure
Thy faithful ones abide:
’Till all the tyranny,
Of earth and hell is o’er,
Jesus, Thy mighty name shall be
Our adamantine tower.

7 Tho’ famine, plague, and sword
Hang e’er our sinful land,
The means of swift prevention, Lord,
Are ever in Thine hand:
Or if the curse descend,
By sovereign Love subdued,
The curse shall bless, the ill shall end
In everlasting good.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12331

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Ah! Whither would ye fly
Title: Ah! Whither Would Ye Fly?
Author: Charles Wesley
Meter: D
Source: Hymns Occasioned by the Earthquake, March 8, 1750 Part 2 (London: Strahan, 1750), alt.
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #8930
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #12331
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


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The Cyber Hymnal #8930


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