The Righteousness of Faith

Oft I in my heart have said

Author: Charles Wesley
Published in 33 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Oft I in my heart have said,
Who shall ascend on high,
Mount to Christ my glorious head,
And bring him from the sky?
Borne on contemplation's wing,
Surely I should find him there,
Where the angels praise their King,
And gain the morning-star.

2 Oft I in my heart have said,
Who to the deep shall stoop,
Sink with Christ among the dead
From thence to bring him up?
Could I but my heart prepare
By unfeign'd humility,
Christ would quickly enter there,
And ever dwell with me.

3 But the righteousness of faith
Hath taught me better things:
"Inward turn thine eyes," (it saith,
While Christ to me it brings)
"Christ is ready to impart
"Life to all, for life who sigh;
"In thy mouth and in thy heart
"The word is ever nigh.

Source: A Pocket Hymn Book: designed as a constant companion for the pious, collected from various authors (9th ed.) #HXIV

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: Oft I in my heart have said
Title: The Righteousness of Faith
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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