1 Jesus, from Thy servants taken!
Taken up this solemn day,
See us seemingly forsaken
To surrounding wolves a prey:
In a world of tribulation,
In a vale of misery,
Pressed with manifold temptation,
Looking, gasping after Thee.
2 To Thine own eternal glory
Thou triumphantly art gone,
Where the angels fall before Thee
Seated on Thine heav’nly throne:
Yet Thou hear’st Thy servants mourning,
Feel’st whate’er Thy members feel,
Us, who long for Thy returning,
Earnestly rememberest still.
3 Touched with exquisite compassion
For Thy feeble followers here,
Answer, Lord, our supplication,
Send us down the Comforter:
Breathe into our hearts Thy Spirit,
Witness of Thy dying love,
Seal of all we hope t’inherit,
Earnest of our joys above.
4 Ever in Thy Spirit near us
Let us now Thy Spirit feel,
By Thy faithful mercies cheer us,
By the gift unspeakable:
Show th’intent of Thine ascending,
Answer it on all and me,
Every soul on Thee depending,
Draw us, Savior, up to Thee.
5 All the virtue of Thy Passion,
All the benefits apply,
Visit us with Thy salvation,
Pardon, Lord, and sanctify:
By Thy resurrection raise us
To that sinless life unknown,
By Thine exaltation place us
On Thine everlasting throne.
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: Jesus, From Thy Servants TakenFirst Line: Jesus, from Thy servants taken!Tune Title: IN MEMORIAMAuthor: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788Meter: 87.87 DSource: The Unpublished Poetry of Charles Wesley, Vol. III (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1992)