1 God of thine Israel's faithful three,
Who braved the tyrant's ire,
Who nobly scorned to bow the knee,
And walked, unhurt, in fire:
Oh, breathe their faith into my breast,
In every trying hour;
And stand, O Son of Man, confessed
In all thy saving power!
2 While thou, Almighty Lord, art nigh,
My soul disdains to fear;
Both sin and Satan I defy,
Still impotently near:
The earth and hell their wars may wage--
I mark their vain design:
And calmly smile to see them rage
Against a child of thine.
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #635
God of Israel's faithful three. C. Wesley. [Three Hebrew Children.] Appeared in the Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1742, p. 213, in 5 stanzas of 8 lines, with the title, "The Three Children in the Fiery Furnace" (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. ii. p. 267). In 1780 it was given with slight alterations and the omission of stanza ii. in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, No. 349, and this arrangement has been repeated in several Methodist collections. In the revised Wesleyan Hymn Book , 1875, No. 359, stanzas i.-iii. only are given, whilst the American Methodist Episcopal Hymnal, 1878, No. 677, has stanzas i., iii.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)