God of Love, That 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. Cut off our dependence vain
On the help of feeble man,
Every arm of flesh remove;
Stay us on Thy only love!

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

5. 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.

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

7. Let us still to Thee look up,
Thee, Thy Israel’s strength and hope;
Nothing know, or seek, beside
Jesus, and Him crucified.

8. Far above all earthly things,
Look we down on earthly kings;
Taste our glorious liberty,
Find our happiness in Thee!

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, That Hearest Prayer
Author: Charles Wesley
Source: Hymns for Those That Seek and Those That Have Redemption in the Blood of Jesus Christ, 1747 (a cento from "God of Love That Hear'st the Prayer")
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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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