Must We Not Then In Patience Wait?

Must we not then with patience wait

Author: Charles Wesley
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1 Must we not then with patience wait,
False to distinguish from sincere?
Or can we on another’s state
Pronounce, before the fruits appear?
Can we the witnesses receive
Who of their own perfection boast,
The fairest words as fruit receive?
The fairest words are leaves at most.

2 How shall we then the spirits prove?
Their actions with their words compare,
And wait—till humblest, meekest love
Their perfect nothingness declare:
But if the smallest spark of pride,
Or selfishness, break out at last,
Set the false witnesses aside;
Yet hold the truth for ever fast.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11682

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 >

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First Line: Must we not then with patience wait
Title: Must We Not Then In Patience Wait?
Author: Charles Wesley
Source: Short Hymns on Select Passages of Holy Scripture (Bristol, England: E. Farley, 1762)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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