1. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
In solemn power come down!
Present with Thy heavenly host,
Thine ordinance to crown:
See a sinful worm of earth!
Bless to him the cleansing flood,
Plunge him, by a second birth,
Into the depths of God.
2. Let the promised inward grace
Accompany the sign;
On his new-born soul impress
The character divine;
Father, all Thy name reveal!
Jesus, all Thy name impart!
Holy Ghost, renew, and dwell
For ever in his heart!
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 >
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. In solemn power&c. C. Wesley. [Adult Holy Baptism.] Written for the baptism of a female adult, and published in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, vol. ii., No. 183, in 2 stanzas of 8 lines. (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 389). In 1868 it was included in the Sarum Hymnal, No. 233; the Society for Promoting Christian KnowledgeChurch Hymns, 1871, and one or two American collections. By the change of "her" to "his," as circumstances require, it can be used for both sexes. This plan is adopted in some hymn-books.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)