1 Lord of hosts, we bow before Thee,
The prophetic word receive,
Now our prostrate souls adore Thee,
Now we tremble, and believe:
Thou the promised sign hast given—
O that all might understand!
"I will shake the earth and heaven;
I will shake the sea and land."
2 Wars, and plagues, and great distresses,
The tremendous day forerun;
Earthquakes felt in divers places
Show the latter times begun;
Want and national confusion,
Boding grief, and panic, fear,
Mark the times of restitution,
Speak the great Restorer near.
3 Never can Thy word be broken,
Though the world shall pass away;
Quickened by another token,
Lord, we wait to see Thy day,
Big with earnest expectation,
Swells our heart to make Thee room,
Come, desire of every nation,
To Thy human temple come!
4 Bring the kingdom of Thy Spirit,
Joy, and righteousness, and peace;
Purchased by Thy dying merit,
Every child of man possess;
Come to us, who languish for Thee,
Us, who long Thy face to see,
Fill the latter house with glory,
Then receive us up to Thee.
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: Lord Of Hosts, We Bow Before TheeFirst Line: Lord of hosts, we bow before TheeTune Title: JESUS, HEARAuthor: Charles WesleyMeter: 87.87 DSource: Hymns Occasioned by the Earthquake, March 8, 1750 Part 2 (London: Strahan, 1750)