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The Dying Christian

Happy soul, thy days are ending

Author: Charles Wesley
Published in 188 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Happy soul, thy days are ended,
All thy mourning days below;
Go, by angel guards attended,
To the sight of Jesus go!

2 Waiting to receive thy spirit,
Lo! the Saviour stands above,
Shows the purchase of his merit,
Reaches out the crown of love.

3 Struggle through thy latest passion
To thy dear Redeemer's breast,
To his uttermost salvation,
To his everlasting rest.

4 For the joy he sets before thee,
Bear a momentary pain;
Die, to live the life of glory;
Suffer, with thy Lord to reign.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #892

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Happy soul, thy days are ending
Title: The Dying Christian
Author: Charles Wesley
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Happy soul, thy days are ended [ending]. G. Wesley. [For the Dying.] Appeared in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1749, in 2 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed, "For one departing" (Poetical Works, 1868-70, vol. v. p. 216). In 1830 it was given in the Supplement to the Wesleyan Hymn Book, No. 725, and repeated in the revised edition, 1875, No. 922. It is also given in several collections in Great Britain and America. In some of these the opening line reads: "Happy soul, thy days are ending."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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The Cyber Hymnal #10229

Include 187 pre-1979 instances
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