1 Peace be on this house bestow'd,
Peace on all that here reside;
Let the unknown peace of God
With the man of peace abide!
Let the Spirit now come down:
Let the blessings now take place;
Son of peace, receive thy crown,
Fulness of the gospel grace.
2 Christ my Master, and my Lord,
Let me thy forerunner be:
O be mindful of thy word,
Visit them, and visit me!
To this house and all herein,
Now let thy salvation come!
Save our souls from inbred sin!
Make us thine eternal home!
3 Let us never, never rest
Till the praise is fulfill'd:
Till we are of thee possess'd,
Pardon'd, sanctified, and seal'd;
Till we all, in love renew'd,
Find the pearl that Adam lost,
Temples of the living God,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
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 >
Peace be on this house bestowed. C. Wesley. [Household Peace desired. ] This hymn, although beginning in a similar manner and on the same subject as one by Wesley, is altogether a different hymn. It was published in the Hymns & Sacred Poems 1742, p. 157, in 3 stanzas of 8 1ines, and entitled "The Salutation." (P. Works, 1868-72, vol. ii. p. 210.) It was included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 467, and has since passed into several Methodist collections.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)