Author of faith, to thee I cry

Author of faith, to thee I cry

Author: Charles Wesley
Tune: PURLEIGH
Published in 48 hymnals

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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 >

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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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Instances

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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
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #422Page Scan
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
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church: principally from the collection of Rev. John Wesley, M. A., late fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford; with... (Rev. & corr.) #61Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church: Principally from the Collection of the Rev. John Wesley. M. A. #61Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the People Called Methodists, with a Supplement #118Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns: for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church, principally from the collection of the Rev. John Wesley, A. M., late fellow of Lincoln College..(Rev. and corr. with a supplement) #61Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns: for the use of the people called Methodists; in miniature #118Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns ... Supplement to the Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 1st ed #d15
A Selection of Hymns from Various Authors, Designed as a Supplement to the Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 3rd ed. #d16
Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin and Other States #d21
Book of Hymns for the joint Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other states #d19
Canadian Sabbath-School Hymn Book #75
Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #308Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Holiness Movement Church #d32
Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #308Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #582Page Scan
Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #582Page Scan
Hymnal for Church and Home. 4th ed. #d12
Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #377Page Scan
Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #377Page Scan
Hymns for Sunday Schools, Selected from Various Authoors #d24
Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Impr. ed. #d39
Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #372Page Scan
Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #d49
Methodist Hymn-Book #289Page Scan
New Hymn and Tune book: an Offering of Praise for the Methodist Episcopal Church #309cPage Scan
New Hymn and Tune Book: an Offering of Praise for the Use of the African M. E. Zion Church of America #309cPage Scan
The Advent Harp; designed for believers in the speedy coming of Christ #59bPage Scan
The American Hymn and Tune Book #d45
The Christian Lyre #d27
The Emory Hymnal: a collection of sacred hymns and music for use in public worship, Sunday-schools, social meetings and family worship #293Page Scan
The Harp #494Page Scan
The Heart and Voice: or, Songs of Praise for the Sanctuary: hymn and tune book, designed for congregational singing in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for congregations generally #287aPage Scan
The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #364Page Scan
The Jubilee Harp: a choice selection of psalmody, ancient and modern, designed for use in public and social worship #334Page Scan
The Lesser Hymnal: a Collection of Hymns for the Sunday School and Social Worship ... from The Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d21
The Lutheran Hymnary #390TextPage Scan
The Methodist Harmonist, containing a collection of tunes from the best authors, embracing every variety of metre, and adapted to the worship of the Methodist Episcopal Church. New ed. #134.61Page Scan
The Sacred Lyre #d27
The Service of Song for Baptist Churches #d52
The Tribute of praise and Methodist Protestant Hymn Book. #418Page Scan
The Tribute of Praise: a collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship, and for the use in the family circle and Sabbath school #418Page Scan
The Tribute of Praise: a collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship, and for use in the family circle #418Page Scan



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