1 Great God, who, ready to forgive,
In wrath rememberest mercy still,
By whose preserving love we live,
Though doomed the second death to feel;
We magnify Thy patient grace,
And tremble, while we sing Thy praise.
2 Had not Thy mercy interposed,
When sleeping in our sins we lay,
The staggering earth had yawned, and closed
Its mouth on its devoted prey,
We now had with our city fell,
And quick descended into hell.
3 But O! The Savior of mankind
Hath gained for us a longer space,
Jesus His Father’s heart inclined
To spare a vile rebellious race,
To snatch from Corah’s fearful doom,
And save us from the wrath to come.
4 Then let us to our Savior turn,
Answer His mercy’s whole design,
With godly fear rejoice, and mourn,
And praises with confessions join,
Till all these lowering clouds remove,
And God appears: The God of 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 >
The original chant melody associated with this text [i.e., "Eternal Father, strong to save"] is found in most hymnals of denominations where chant has played a role, including the Lutheran tradition, which has produced much organ music on this well-known chant.
The setting here is by John B. Dykes (…
Display Title: Great God, Who, Ready To ForgiveFirst Line: Great God, who, ready to forgiveTune Title: MELITAAuthor: Charles WesleyMeter: 88.88.88Source: Hymns Occasioned by the Earthquake, March 8, 1750, second edition, 1756