Author of faith, to thee I cry

Author of faith, to thee I cry

Author: Charles Wesley
Tune: PURLEIGH
Published in 48 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Author of faith, to Thee I cry,
To Thee, who would'st not have me die,
But know the truth and live:
Open mine eyes to see Thy face,
Work in my heart the saving grace,
The life eternal give.

2 I know the work is only Thine,
The gift of faith is all divine;
But if on Thee we all,
Thou wilt the benefit bestow,
And give us hearts to feel and know
That Thou hast died for all.

3 Thou bid'st us knock and enter in,
Come unto Thee and rest from sin,
The blessing seek and find;
Thou bid'st us ask Thy grace, and have;
Thou can'st, Thou would'st, this moment save
Both me and all mankind.

4 Be it according to Thy word!
Now let me find my pardoning Lord,
Let what I ask be given;
The bar of unbelief remove,
Open the door of faith and love,
And take me into heaven.

Source: The Lutheran Hymnary #390

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: Author of faith, to thee I cry
Author: Charles Wesley
Place of Origin: Great Britain

Notes

Author of faith, to Thee I cry. C. Wesley. [Lent.] This hymn was first printed as the first of six hymns at the end of a tract entitled A short View of the Differences between the Moravian Brethren in England, and J. & C. Wesley, 1745. In 1749 it was reprinted in Hymns & Sacred Poems, vol. i. No. 10, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines in the Wesleyan Hymn Book 1780, No. 114 (ed. 1875), and in the Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iv. p. 324. It has also passed from the Wesleyan Hymn Book into various collections both in Great Britain and America, sometimes reading “Author of faith, to Thee we cry.” A cento from this hymn, beginning, "Christ bids us knock and enter in," is given in the American Church Pastorals, Boston, 1864. It is composed of stanzas iv. and ii. slightly altered. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns Adapted to the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d39

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d57

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d57

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #d57

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A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #422

A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in America #d30

A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. with a Supplement #d42

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the People Called Methodists, with a Supplement #118

A Selection of Hymns ... Supplement to the Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 1st ed #d15

Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin and Other States #d21

Canadian Sabbath-School Hymn Book #75

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Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #308

Hymn Book of the Holiness Movement Church #d32

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #308

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #582

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #582

Hymnal for Church and Home. 4th ed. #d12

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #377

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #377

Hymns for Sunday Schools, Selected from Various Authoors #d24

Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Impr. ed. #d39

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Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #372

Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #d49

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Methodist Hymn-Book #289

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The Advent Harp; designed for believers in the speedy coming of Christ #59b

The American Hymn and Tune Book #d45

The Christian Lyre #d27

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The Harp #494

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The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #364

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The Lutheran Hymnary #390

The Sacred Lyre #d27

The Service of Song for Baptist Churches #d52

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The Tribute of praise and Methodist Protestant Hymn Book. #418

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