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And let our bodies part

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1 And let our bodies part,
To different climes repair;
Inseparably join'd in heart
The friends of Jesus are!

2 Jesus, the corner stone,
Did first our hearts unite!
And still he keeps our spirits one,
Who walk with him in white.

3 O let us still proceed
In Jesus’ work below;
And, following our triumphant Head,
To further conquests go.

4 The vineyard of the Lord
Before his lab'rers lies;
And lo! we see the vast reward
Which waits us in the skies!

5 O let our heart and mind
Continually ascend;
That heaven of repose to find,
Where all our labours end.

6 Where all our toils are o’er,
Our suff'rings and our pain;
Who meet on that eternal shore
Shall never part again.

7 O happy, happy place,
Where saints and angels meet;
There we shall see each other’s face,
And all our brethren greet.

8 To gather home his own,
God shall his angels send
And bid our bliss, on earth begun,
In deathless triumphs end.

Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #649

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 >


And let our bodies part. C. Wesley. [Parting.] From Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1749, vol. ii., No. 233, of 10 stanzas in two parts. The first part, in 6 stanzas, was included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, and is retained in the revised edition, 1875, No. 535. In some collections a shorter version compiled from this is given. Original text, Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 462. From this hymn, and another, a cento has been formed, "O let our heart and mind," thus, stanzas i.-iv., stanzas ii., iii. of the above, stanzas v., vi., from stanzas viii. and v. of "Saviour of sinful men " (q. v.) This is found in Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858 and 1880. The original hymn is also found in a few American collections. A second cento from this hymn alone was given in Martineau's Hymns, &c, 1840, and again in his Hymns of Praise & Prayer, 1873, No. 694. It begins, "And what though now we part," and is composed of stanzas i., 1. 1-.4, iii., iv., 1.4-8, and vi., 1. 1-4, as in the Wesleyan Hymn Book but somewhat altered. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #172
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