Birthday of a Consort

Representative Text

1 Come away to the skies,
my beloved, arise
and rejoice in the day thou wast born.
On this festival day,
come exulting away,
and with singing to Zion return.

2 Now with singing and praise,
let us spend all the days,
by our heavenly Father bestowed,
while his grace we receive
from his bounty, and live
to the honour and glory of God.

3 For the glory we were
first created to share,
both the nature and kingdom divine!
Now created again
that our lives may remain,
throughout time and eternity thine.

4 We with thanks do approve
the design of that love
which hath joined us to Jesus' name;
so united in heart,
let us nevermore part,
till we meet at the feast of the Lamb.

5 Hallelujah we sing,
to the heaven's high King,
and his rapturous praises repeat:
to the Lamb that was slain,
hallelujah again,
sing, all heaven, and fall at his feet.

Source: Common Praise (1998) #225

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 >


Come away to the skies. C. Wesley. [Birthday.] Written on the anniversary of the birth of his wife, Oct. 12, 1755, and first published in his Hymns for Families, 1767, No. 165, in 8 stanzas of 6 lines, Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. vii. p. 198. In 1780 it was included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book as No. 478, and has been retained in all subsequent editions of that collection. It is also given in other collections of the Methodist body, and in a few American Hymnals.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 8 of 8)

Common Praise (1998) #225


Gather Comprehensive #440

Hymnal #284


The Cyber Hymnal #981


The Hymnal 1982 #213

The Shenandoah Harmony #11


Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #723


With One Voice #669

Include 162 pre-1979 instances
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