1 Happy souls that Christ obey,
They are safe, and only they;
Hidden is their life above,
All wrapt up in Jesus’ love.
When His judgments are abroad,
By His timely warnings awed,
They to Him their spirits give,
Closer to their Savior cleave.
2 Neither wars nor plagues they fear,
Still their life and peace is near;
Undisturbed by storms they rest
Harbored in His quiet breast.
Calm on tumult’s wheel they sit,
Trample death beneath their feet;
Own their all o’er-ruling Lord,
Smile at the destroyer’s sword.
3 They its threatening point defy,
They behold the fiend pass by,
Sprinkled by the Lamb of God,
Armed and covered with His blood.
Thanks to the atoning Lamb,
We are sheltered in His name;
We our Lord begin to know,
Ransomed from the world below.
4 While we walk with Him in light,
Neither men or fiends affright;
Us, whom Jesus’ blood doth arm
Kill they may, but cannot harm.
O that all our friends might feel
How secure in Christ we dwell,
O that all our foes might prove
God, a pardoning 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 >
Display Title: Happy Souls That Christ ObeyFirst Line: Happy souls that Christ obeyTune Title: BENEVENTOAuthor: Charles WesleyMeter: 77.77 DSource: Hymns for Times of Trouble and Persecution by John and Charles Wesley (London: Strahan, 1744)