1 How can a sinner know
His sins on earth forgiven?
How can my gracious Savior show
My name inscribed in heaven?
2 What we have felt and seen
With confidence we tell;
And publish to the sons of men
The signs infallible.
3 We who in Christ believe
That He for us hath died,
We all His unknown peace receive,
And feel His blood applied.
4 Exults our rising soul,
Disburdened of her load,
And swells unutterably full
Of glory and of God.
5 His love surpassing far
The love of all beneath
We find within our hearts, and dare
The pointless darts of death.
6 Stronger than death or hell
The sacred power we prove;
And, conquerors of the world, we dwell
In heaven, who dwell in love.
Source: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #264
|First Line:||How can a sinner know|
|Title:||How Can A Sinner Know|
|Author:||Charles Wesley (1749)|
How can a sinner know. C. Wesley. [The Marks of Faith.] Published in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, vol. ii., No. 161. It consists of 8 stanzas, and each stanza is composed of 4 lines of 6’s metre, and 4 lines of short metre (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 363). In the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 93, stanzas iv., v. were omitted, and the rest were rewritten in S.M. throughout. In this form the hymn is in common use in Great Britain and America.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)