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.
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 >
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.
GENEVAN 68 is usually attributed to Matthäus Greiter (b. Aichach, Bavaria, 1490; d. Strasbourg, France, 1550). It was published as a setting for Psalm 119 in Das dritt theil Strassburger Kirchenampt (1525), which Greiter and his friend Wolfgang Dachstein edited. Greiter studied at Freiburg Universi…