He's gone, the spotless soul is gone

He's gone, the spotless soul is gone

Author: Charles Wesley
Tune: HOSANNA
Published in 14 hymnals

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1 He's gone, the spotless soul is gone,
Triumphant to his place above;
The prison walls are broken down,
The angels speed his swift remove;
And shouting on their wings he flies,
And gains his rest in Paradise.

Chorus:
Hosanna! hosanna! hosanna to the Lamb of God,
Glory, glory, let us sing,
Grateful honors to our King,
Hosanna! hosanna! hosanna to the Lamb of God!

2 Saved by the merits of his Lord,
Glory and praise to Christ he gives;
Yet still his merciful reward
According to his works receives,
And with the bliss he sowed below,
His bliss eternally shall grow. [Chorus]

3 Father, to us vouchsafe the grace
Which bro't our friend victorious thro';
Let us his shining footsteps trace;
Let us his steadfast faith pursue;
Follow this follower of the Lamb,
And conquer all thro' Jesus' name. [Chorus]

Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #589

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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He's gone! the spotless soul is gone. C. Wesley. [Burial.] Written “On the death of the Rev. James Hervey, Dec. 25, 1758," and published in Wesley's Funeral Hymns, 1759, No. 38, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. vi. p. 279). It is adapted for general use in the American Methodist Episcopal Church Hymns, 1849.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Instances

Instances (1 - 14 of 14)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Harmonia Ecclesiae: or, Companion to the Christian Minstrel #d97
Harmonia Sacra, being a Compilation of Church Music. 10th ed #d120
Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #1085Page Scan
New Hymn and Tune book: an Offering of Praise for the Methodist Episcopal Church #283bPage Scan
New Hymn and Tune Book: an Offering of Praise for the Use of the African M. E. Zion Church of America #283bPage Scan
Resurrected Songs prepared for the Church #d68
The American Hymn and Tune Book #d264
The Christian Harmony: in the Seven-Syllable Character Note System. Rev. ed. #d124
The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #589Text
The Good Old Songs #d202
The Harmonia Sacra. 14th ed. #d118
The Heart and Voice: or, Songs of Praise for the Sanctuary: hymn and tune book, designed for congregational singing in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for congregations generally #269aPage Scan
The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #821Page Scan
The Temple Harp #d132



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