1 Give us the wings of faith to rise
within the veil, and see
the saints above, how great their joys,
how bright their glories be.
2 Once they were mourning here below,
their couch was wet with tears;
they wrestled hard, as we do now,
with sins and doubts and fears.
3 We ask them whence their victory came:
they, with united breath,
ascribe their conquest to the Lamb,
their triumph to his death.
4 They marked the footsteps that he trod,
his zeal inspired their breast,
and, following their incarnate God,
possess the promised rest.
5 Our glorious Leader claims our praise
for his own pattern given;
while the long cloud of witnesses
show the same path to heaven.
Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #299a
|First Line:||Give me the wings of faith to rise|
|Author:||Isaac Watts (1709)|
Give me the wings of faith to rise. I. Watts. [Heaven: All Saints.] First published in his Hymns & Spiritual Songs, 2nd edition, 1709, Bk. ii., No. 140, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "The Examples of Christ and the Saints." It is in extensive use in all English-speaking countries, and generally in its original form as in the Hymnal Companion, No. 357. In Kennedy, 1863, the opening line reads:—"Be mine the wings of faith to rise," No. 1379. There are also other slight alterations in the text.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)