1 Away with our sorrow and fear!
We soon shall recover our home;
The city of saints shall appear,
The day of eternity come.
From earth we shall quickly remove,
And mount to our promised abode,
The house of our Father above,
The palace of angels and God.
2 By faith we already behold
That lovely Jerusalem here;
Her walls are of jasper and gold,
As crystal her buildings are clear.
Immovably founded in grace,
She stands as she ever has stood;
And soon, at the end of our race,
We'll rest in that city of God.
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 >
Away with our sorrow and fear. C. Wesley. [Burial.] No. viii. of his Funeral Hymns, 1746, in 5 stanzas of 8 lines, and again in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 71, and edition 1875, No. 73. It is found in the hymnals of the various branches of the Methodist body in most English-speaking countries, and sometimes in other collections. In the Cooke & Denton Hymnal, 1853, No. 324, the first line reads, “Away with all sorrow and fear." Original text in Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. vi. p. 197.
The hymn, with the same first stanza, in A. M. Toplady's Psalms and Hymns, 1776, No. 68, and later, editions, together with others which have copied therefrom, is a cento, of which the first stanza is stanza i. of this hymn; stanza iii. from Wesley's "Give glory to Jesus, our Head" (Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1749); and ii., iv., and v. from No. vii. of the above Funeral Hymns. It is very little used, if at all, at the present time.
The tune most commonly known as DE FLEURY is a German folk tune. In American shape-note tradition the tune is known as GREEN FIELDS or GREENFIELDS. J. S. Bach quoted it in his "Peasant Cantata," but he did not compose it. It has also been misattributed to Maria DeFleury and to Lewis Edson. Edson wro…