1 Fain would I, Lord, the word receive
Which Thou didst to Thy followers give;
Would suffer in Thy righteous cause,
Daily take up Thy welcome cross;
Thy sorrow and reproach sustain,
And crucified with Thee remain.
2 Then shall the word on me take place,
The promise of preserving grace;
If still I in the body stay,
To see Thy great vindictive day,
When earth is by Thy fire devoured,
And all Thy wrath on sinners poured.
3 Whoe’er the patient word retain,
And to that dreadful day remain,
Thy faithful love shall them conceal,
While all the world Thy judgments feel,
And Thy last plagues to sinners cry
"Repent, or now—forever die!"
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 >
Display Title: Fain Would I, Lord, The Word ReceiveFirst Line: Fain would I, Lord, the word receiveTune Title: BARBUDAAuthor: Charles WesleyMeter: 88.88.88Source: Short Hymns on Select Passages of Holy Scriptures (Bristol, England: E. Farley, 1762)