1 O King of saints with pitying eye,
Thy poor afflicted people see,
Who hold Thy Word, nor dare deny
Thy name, though suffering loss for Thee.
Exposed to shame, and want, and pain,
Crushed by the persecutor’s power,
Thou, Lord, their fainting souls sustain,
And keep them in their trying hour.
2 From anger, and contemptuous pride,
From low revenge, and faithless fear,
Preserve, and still their spirits hide,
Till Thou in their behalf appear.
Their feeble hearts confirm, unite,
And fix on their reward above:
Embolden with Thy Spirit’s might,
And arm them with Thy patient love.
3 Thee let the witnesses confess
Before the rebel sons of men,
Proclaim Thine all victorious grace,
And suffer till with Thee they reign:
To Thee, and to each other cleave,
While midst the ravening wolves they lie,
A pattern to believers live,
A pattern to believers die!
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: O King Of Saints, With Pitying EyeFirst Line: O King of saints with pitying eyeTune Title: KIAWAHAuthor: Charles WesleyMeter: LMDSource: Hymns for Times of Trouble and Persecution by John and Charles Wesley (London: Strahan, 1744)