1. Eternal, spotless Lamb of God,
Before the world’s foundations slain,
Sprinkle us ever with Thy blood;
O cleanse, and keep us ever clean!
To every soul (all praise to Thee!)
Our bowels of compassion move;
And all mankind by this may see
God is in us; for God is love.
2. Giver and Lord of life, whose power
And guardian care for all are free,
To Thee, in fierce temptation’s hour,
From sin and Satan let us flee;
Thine, Lord, we are, and ours Thou art,
In us be all Thy goodness showed;
Renew, enlarge, and fill our heart
With peace, and joy and Heaven, and God.
3. Blessing and honor, praise and love
Co-equal, co-eternal Three,
In earth below, and Heaven above,
By all Thy works, be paid to Thee!
Thrice Holy! Thine the kingdom is,
The power omnipotent is Thine;
And when created nature dies,
Thy never-ceasing glories shine.
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 >
After seeing Gilmore's text in the Boston Watchman and Reflector, William B. Bradbury (PHH 114) composed AUCHTON for those words. Bradbury arranged the text into a stanza/refrain structure, added the final line of the refrain, and published the hymn in his The Golden Censor in 1864. AUCHTON (also kn…