Whose Faith Follow

He's gone, the spotless soul is gone

Author: Charles Wesley
Tune: HOSANNA (34555)
Published in 17 hymnals

Representative Text

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.

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 >

Text Information

First Line: He's gone, the spotless soul is gone
Title: Whose Faith Follow
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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)



Instances (1 - 17 of 17)
Page Scan

A Collection of Hymns for the use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in America #1085

Harmonia Ecclesiae #d97

Harmonia Sacra, being a Compilation of Church Music. 10th ed #d120

Page Scan

Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #1085

Page Scan

New Hymn and Tune book #283b

Page Scan

New Hymn and Tune Book #283b

Resurrected Songs prepared for the Church #d68

The American Hymn and Tune Book #d264

The Christian Harmony #d124


The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #589

The Good Old Songs #d202

The Good Old Songs #d201

The Harmonia Sacra. 14th ed. #d118

Page Scan

The Heart and Voice #269a

Page Scan

The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #821

Page Scan

The New Harmonia Sacra #351

The Temple Harp #d132

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us