God of Love, Who Hearest Prayer

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1 God of love, that hearest prayer,
Kindly for Thy people care
Who on Thee alone depend;
Love us, save us to the end.

2 Save us in the prosperous hour
From the flattering tempter’s power,
From his unsuspected wiles,
From the world’s pernicious smiles.

3 Men of worldly, low design,
Let not these Thy people join,
Poison our simplicity,
Drag us from our trust in Thee.

4 Save us from the great and wise,
Till they sink in their own eyes
Tamely to Thy yoke submit,
Lay their honors at Thy feet.

5 Never let the world break in,
Fix a mighty gulf between;
Keep us little and unknown,
Prized and loved by God alone.

Amen.

Source: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #320

Author: Charles Wesley

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 >

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First Line: God of Love, who hearest prayer
Title: God of Love, Who Hearest Prayer
Author: Charles Wesley
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

God of love, that [Who] hear'st the prayer. C. Wesley. [None but Jesus.] Published in Hymns for those that Seek, and those that Have Redemption, &c, 1747, p. 19, in 6 stanzas of 8 lines (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iv. p. 228). The form in which it is known in modern collections was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 404, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. In the American hymn-books it begins, "God of love, Who hear'st the prayer."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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