MASTER, I own thy lawful claim,
Thine, wholly thine, I long to be;
Thou seest, at last, I willing am
Where’er thou goest to follow thee;
Myself in all things to deny,
Thine, wholly thine, to live and die.
2 Pleasure and wealth and praise no more
Shall lead my captive soul astray;
These fond pursuits I all give o’er,
Thee, only thee, resolved to obey;
My will in all things to resign,
And know no other will but thine.
3 Wherefore to thee I all resign,
Being thou an of love and power;
Thy only will be done, not mine;
Thee, Lord, let Heaven and earth adore;
Flow back the rivers to the sea,
And let my all be lost in 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 >