But above all lay hold

But above all lay hold

Author: Charles Wesley
Published in 21 hymnals

Representative Text

Part the Second.

1 But above all, lay hold
Of faith’s victorious shield,
Arm'd with that adamant and gold,
Ye cannot lose the field;
If faith surround your heart,
Satan shall be subdu'd,
Repell'd his ev'ry fiery dart,
And quench'd with Jesu's blood.

2 Jesus hath dy'd for you!
What can his love withstand?
Believe! hold fast your shield, and who
Shall pluck you from his hand?
Believe that Jesus reigns,
All pow'r to him is giv'n:
Believe, till freed from sin's remains,
Believe yourselves to heav'n!

3 To keep your armour bright,
Attend with constant care;
Still walking in our Captain's sight,
And watching unto pray'r,
Ready for all alarms,
Stedfastly set your face,
And always exercise your arms,
And use your ev'ry grace.

4 Pray! without ceasing pray,
(Your Captain gives the word)
His summons cheerfully obey,
And call upon the Lord:
To God your ev'ry want
In instant pray'r display;
Pray! always pray, and never faint:
Pray, without ceasing pray.

Source: A Pocket Hymn Book: designed as a constant companion for the pious, collected from various authors (9th ed.) #CLXXVI

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: But above all lay hold
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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A Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Generally Used at Camp and Prayer Meetings #d30

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A Pocket hymn book, designed as a constant companion for the pious #CLXXVI

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A Pocket Hymn Book #CLXXVI

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Pocket Hymn Book, Designed as a Constant Companion. 25th ed. #d34

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