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Caught by the almighty hand

Caught by the almighty hand

Author: Charles Wesley
Tune: ALFORD (Dykes)
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 Caught by th’Almighty hand,
That Spirit of the Lord,
Carried beyond myself I stand,
A witness of His Word;
I see the book unsealèd,
Least of the prophets’ sons,
I mark Ezekiel’s valley filled
With visionary bones!

2 Many they are and dry,
Spread through the open vale,
Millions of lifeless souls they lie
Within the Christian pale:
I pass the churches through,
The scattered bones I see,
And Christendom appears in view
A hideous Calvary.

3 Can these dry bones perceive
The quickening power of grace,
Or Christian infidels retrieve
The life of righteousness?
All-good, almighty Lord,
Thou know’st Thine own design,
The virtue of Thine own great Word,
The energy divine.

4 Now for Thy mercy’s sake,
Let Thy great Word proceed,
Dispensed by whom Thou wilt, to wake
The spiritually dead;
Send forth to prophesy
Thy chosen messenger,
And Thou the Gospel word apply,
And force the world to hear.

5 "Hear, ye dry bones, and feel
The word of truth and grace:
I will in you Myself reveal,
I will your spirits raise,"
Jehovah speaks the word!
The promise is for you,
Ye shall be gradually restored,
And fashioned all anew.

6 Lord, while at Thy command
Thy servants prophesy,
O let it spread through every land
The sound of Jesus nigh!
The dead professors shake,
And with Thy quickening breath,
Dispose their senseless souls to wake
Out of the sleep of death.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11020

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: Caught by the almighty hand
Author: Charles Wesley


The Cyber Hymnal #11020
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