Jesus, The Word Of Mercy Give

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1 Jesus, the word of mercy give,
And let it swiftly run,
And let the priests themselves believe,
And put salvation on.

2 Clothed in the Spirit’s holiness
May all Thy people prove
The plenitude of Gospel grace
The joy of perfect love.

3 Jesus, let all Thy lovers shine,
Illustrious, as the sun;
And bright with borrowed rays divine,
Their glorious circuit run.

4 Beyond the reach of mortals spread
Their light where’er they go;
Heavenly influence may they shed
On all the world below.

5 As giants may they run their race,
Exulting in their might:
As burning luminaries chase
The gloom of hellish night.

6 As the bright Son of Righteousness
Their healing wings display;
And let their luster still increase
Unto the perfect day.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12736

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: Jesus, the word of mercy give
Title: Jesus, The Word Of Mercy Give
Author: Charles Wesley
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Jesu, the word of mercy give. C. Wesley. [Ember Days. For Ministers.] Compiled from his Short Hymns on Select Passages of Holy Scriptures, 1762, as follows:—
Stanzas i., ii., Short Hymns, vol. i., No. 638, on 2 Chron. vi. 4 lines
Stanzas iii.-vi., Short Hymns, vol. i., No. 397, on Judges v. 3 lines
In this form it was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 434, and has passed into several later collections (Original text, Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. ix.).

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

AZMON

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) adapted AZMON from a melody composed by Carl G. Gläser in 1828. Mason published a duple-meter version in his Modern Psalmist (1839) but changed it to triple meter in his later publications. Mason used (often obscure) biblical names for his tune titles; Azmon, a city south of C…

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ST. MARTIN'S (Tansur 11215)


BROWN (Bradbury)


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