1 God of all redeeming grace,
By thy pard'ning love compell'd
Up to thee our souls we raise,
Up to thee our bodies yield:
Thou our sacrifice receive,
Acceptable through thy Son,
While to thee alone we live,
While we die to thee alone.
2 Meet it is, and just and right,
That we should be wholly thine;
In thy only will delight,
In thy blessed service join:
O that ev'ry work and word
Might proclaim how good thou art:
Holiness unto the Lord
Still be wrote upon our 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 >
God of all-redeeming grace. C. Wesley. [Holy Communion.] No. 139 of his Hymns on the Lord's Supper, 1745, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. In 1760 it was given in Madan's Psalms & Hymns, No. 162, and later in other collections of the Church of England. It was also in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 3780, No. 415, and later editions, and in a few collections in Great Britain and America. In the original stanza iii. it reads, "Just it is, and good, and right"; but in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, J. Wesley changed it to "Meet it is, and just and right," thereby bringing it into harmony with the Book of Common Prayer, "It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty," &c.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
The tune SALZBURG, named after the Austrian city made famous by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was first published anonymously in the nineteenth edition of Praxis Pietatis Melica (1678); in that hymnbook's twenty-fourth edition (1690) the tune was attributed to Jakob Hintze (b. Bernau, Germany, 1622; d. B…