1 Hosannah to Jesus on high!
Another has enter'd on high!
Another is 'scap'd to the sky,
And lodg'd in Immanuel's breast;
The soul of our sister is gone
To heighten the triumph above,
Exalted to Jesus's throne,
And clasp'd in the arms of his love.
2 What fulness of rapture is there,
While Jesus his glory displays,
And purples the heavenly air,
And scatters the odours of grace?
He looks - and his servants in light
The blessing ineffable meet;
He smiles - and they faint at his sight,
And fall overwhelm'd at his feet.
3 How happy the angels that fall,
Transported at Jesus's name;
The saints whom he soonest shall call
To share in the feast of the Lamb!
No longer imprison'd in clay,
Who next from this dungeon shall fly,
Who first shall be summon'd away —
Be merciful God - Is it I?
4 O Jesus, if this be thy will,
That suddenly I should depart,
Thy counsel of mercy reveal
And whisper the call to my heart;
O give me a signal to know,
If soon thou wouldst have me remove,
And leave the dull body below,
And fly to the regions 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 >
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