Away, my needless fearsAuthor: Charles Wesley
Tune: CLIFTON (Brabham)
Published in 45 hymnals
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1 Away, my needless fears
And doubts no longer mine!
A ray of heavenly light appears,
A messenger divine.
2 Thrice comfortable hope,
That calms my stormy breast;
My Father's hand prepares the cup,
And what He wills is best.
3 He knows whate'er I want;
He sees my helplessness,
And always readier is to grant
Than I to ask His grace.
4 My fearful heart He reads,
Secures my soul from harms,
And underneath His mercy spreads
Its everlasting arms.
5 Here is firm footing; here,
My soul, is solid rock,
To break the waves of grief and fear,
And trouble's rudest shock:
6 This only can sustain
When earth and heaven remove:
O turn thee to thy Rest again,
Thy God's eternal Love!
Source: Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #432
Away, my needless fears. C. Wesley. [Submission.] In Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, 55 hymns were given as "For Christian Friends," of which this was No. 35, in 10 stanzas of 8 lines. From this two centos have come into common use as follows:—
1. In the Supplement to the Wesleyan Hymn Book 1830, stanzas i., vii., and ix. were given in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, No. 675. This cento is also found in various collections of the Methodist bodies, and in the revised edition of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875. No. 832.
2. In A. M. Toplady's Psalms and Hymns 1776, No. 75, and later editions, stanzas i.-v. and ix. were given with slight alterations, but this cento has almost entirely gone out of use. Original text in Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 448.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)