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Before Private Prayer

Father of Jesus Christ, my Lord, I humbly seek thy face

Author: Charles Wesley
Published in 19 hymnals

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Father of Jesus Christ, my Lord, I humbly seek thy face
Title: Before Private Prayer
Author: Charles Wesley
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Father of Jesus Christ my Lord, I humbly seek Thy face. C. Wesley. [Before Private Prayer.] This hymn is No. 2 of six hymns given at the end of a tract entitled, A Short View of the Differences between the Moravian Brethren in England and J. and C. Wesley, 1745, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. It was also included in the Hymns for those who Seek, and those who Have Redemption, &c, 1747, No. 39 (Poetical Works, 1868-1872, vol. iv. p. 259). Sometime after J. Wesley's death in 1791, but before 1809, it was given, unaltered, in the Wesleyan Hymn Book. It has passed into several collections, and is in common use in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 19 of 19)
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A Collection of Hymns for the use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in America #645

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A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #58

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A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #58

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the People Called Methodists, with a Supplement #119

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the People Called Methodists, with a Supplement #360

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A Collection of Hymns #58

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A Collection of Hymns #119

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #734

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #734

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Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #645

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Methodist Hymn-Book #391

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New Hymn and Tune book #33a

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New Hymn and Tune Book #33a

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Precious Gems No. l #94

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The Harp #534

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The Harp. 2nd ed. #a534

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The Heart and Voice #193c

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The Hymn Book of the African Methodist Episcopal Church #476

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The Reformed Methodist Pocket Hymnal #I.27

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