1 God of infinite compassion,
God of unexhausted love,
From a sinful, sinking nation
Once again Thy plagues remove;
Snatch us from the jaws of ruin,
See Thy helpless people, see!
Death and hell are close pursuing,
Save, O save us unto Thee.
2 Have we not filled up the measure
Of our daring wickedness,
Challenged all Thy just displeasure,
Quenched the spirit of Thy grace?
Yes, our heinous provocations
For Thy heaviest judgments cry:
We have wearied out Thy patience,
Forced Thy love to let us die.
3 Why should not the dreadful sentence
Now on all our souls take place?
Why should not Thine instant vengeance
Swallow up our faithless race?
How can we expect Thy favor?
Good and gracious as Thou art,
Sinners’ advocate and Savior,
Find the answer in Thy heart!
4 Jesus, mighty mediator,
Plead the cause of guilty man:
Pity is Thy gentle nature,
Canst Thou let us cry in vain?
From Thy Father’s anger screen us,
Suffer not His wrath to move;
Stand Thou in the gap between us,
Change His purpose into love.
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: God Of Infinite CompassionFirst Line: God of infinite compassionTune Title: IN MEMORIAMAuthor: Charles WesleyMeter: 87.87 DSource: Hymns for Times of Trouble and Persecution by John and Charles Wesley (London: Strahan, 1744)