1 Fountain of power and dignity,
Thy magistrates preserve and bless,
Ordained, not by the crowd, but Thee,
To curb the floods of wickedness,
Commissioned ministers of Thine,
Clothed with authority divine.
2 Strengthen them in the gap to stand,
To bear the sword, and not in vain,
To spread Thy terror thro’ the land,
And truth and righteousness maintain,
And ancient piety restore
In all its purity and power.
3 The guardians of religion true,
Its witnesses vouchsafe to make:
And when Thee in the clouds we view,
And when Thou dost the kingdom take,
The good they did Thy Church reward
As done unto her heav’nly Lord.
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: Fountain Of Power And DignityFirst Line: Fountain of power and dignityTune Title: ERLESDENEAuthor: Charles WesleyMeter: 88.88.88Source: Hymns of Intercession for All Mankind (Bristol, England: E. Farley, 1758)