1 By willful sin the man who wrongs
Himself, his neighbor, or His God,
To Satan, not to Christ belongs;
He knows not that atoning blood,
Nor sees the great Invisible,
But sleeps within the mouth of hell.
2 The man by faith who truly lives,
And strives his faithfulness t’approve,
Employs the talents he receives
In all the toils of humble love,
May cry with confidence divine,
"I am my God’s, and He is mine!"
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 >
The original chant melody associated with this text [i.e., "Eternal Father, strong to save"] is found in most hymnals of denominations where chant has played a role, including the Lutheran tradition, which has produced much organ music on this well-known chant.
The setting here is by John B. Dykes (…
Display Title: By Willful Sin The Man Who WrongsFirst Line: By willful sin the man who wrongsTune Title: MELITAAuthor: Charles WesleyMeter: 88.88.88Source: Short Hymns on Select Passages of Holy Scripture, (Bristol, England: E. Farley, 1762) Vol. II