1 On thee, O God of purity,
I wait for hallowing grace;
None without holiness shall see
The glories of thy face;
In souls unholy, and unclean,
Thou never canst delight;
Nor shall they, while unsaved from sins,
Appear before thy sight.
2 But as for me, with humble fear,
I will approach thy gate;
Though most unworthy to draw near,
Or in thy courts to wait;
I trust in thine unbounded grace,
To all so freely given;
And worship toward thy holy place,
And lift my soul to heaven.
3 Lead me in all thy righteous ways,
Nor suffer me to slide;
Point out the path before my face,
My God be thou my guide!
O may I ne'er to evil yield,
Defended from above,
And kept, and covered with the shield
Of thine Almighty love.
The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791
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 >