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Peace be to this habitation

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1 Peace be to this habitation,
Peace to all who dwell therein,
Peace, the earnest of salvation
Peace, the fruit of pardoned sin.

2 Peace that speaks its heav'nly Giver,
Peace to worldly minds unknown,
Peace divine, that lasts forever,
Peace that comes from God alone.

3 Jesus, Prince of peace, be near us,
Fix in all our hearts Thy home:
With Thy gracious presence cheer us,
Let Thy sacred kingdom come.

4 Raise to heav'n our expectation,
Give our favored souls to prove
Glorious and complete salvation,
In the realms of bliss above.


Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #263

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: Peace be to this habitation
Author: Charles Wesley


Peace be to this habitation. C. Wesley. [Household Peace desired.] This is No. 35 of his "Hymns for Believers,” which appeared in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1749, vol. ii., in 6 stanzas of 8 1ines, and headed "On entering an House." (P. Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 53.) It is not in common use in its full form, but as follows:—
1. Peace be to this habitation. This, as given in Cotterill's Selections, 1819, No. 336, was composed of st. i., ii. from this hymn (st. i. and vi.) altered, and st. iii. from J. Newton ("May the grace of Christ our Saviour"). This text, with slight changes, and the omission of the stanza from J. Newton, was handed down to modern hymn-books through Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825; Conder's Congregational Hymn Book, 1836; the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, and others. The doxology in W. F. Stevenson's Hymns for Church and Home, 1873, is Conder's "Praise the God of all creation," which appeared in the Congregational Hymn Book, 1836, No. 552. It gives a stately finish to the hymn.
2. Peace be to this sacred dwelling. This, in the American Sabbath Hymn Book, 1858, and others, is Cotterill's st. i., ii., as altered in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, again slightly altered to adapt it the better for Public Worship.
3. Peace be to this congregation. This is No. 2 with further changes. It is No. 25 in the American Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit, 1864. The alteration of the first line is found in some of the earliest editions of the Lady Huntingdon Collection.
As these forms of the text are in extensive use, and as they differ somewhat widely from Wesley, we append sts. i. and vi. of his original:—

"Peace be to this habitation!
Peace to every soul herein!
Peace, the foretaste of salvation,
Peace, the seal of cancell'd sin,
Peace that speaks its heavenly Giver,
Peace to earthly minds unknown,
Peace Divine, that lasts for ever,
Here erect its glorious throne!
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
"Prince of peace, if Thou art near us,
Fix in all our hearts Thy home,
By Thy last appearing cheer us,
Quickly let Thy kingdom come:
Answer all our expectation,
Give our raptured souls to prove
Glorious, uttermost salvation,
Heavenly, everlasting love!"

4. Visit, Lord, this habitation. In the Philadelphia Selection of Hymns, 1861, this is composed of Wesley's st. i., 11. 1-4; st. iii., 11. 1-4; and st. vi. slightly altered.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




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Instances (1 - 37 of 37)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion #d207
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d680
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d683
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #d683
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #991Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren. (New and Rev. ed.) #699Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #595Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #595Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs; suited to the various kinds of Christian worship; and especially designed for and adapted to the Fraternity of the Brethren... #726Page Scan
American Lutheran Hymnal #263TextPage Scan
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #821Page Scan
Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #789Page Scan
Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship. 4th ed. #d226
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal #320TextPage Scan
Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d220
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #761Page Scan
Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #761Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #924Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #924Page Scan
Hymns for the Sanctuary #634Page Scan
Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship: with tunes #1172Page Scan
Pilgrim Songs for the Sunday School #18Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #1104Page Scan
Sunday School Hymnal #d330
The American School Hymn Book #XXVIIIPage Scan
The American School Hymn Book. (New ed.) #XXVIIIPage Scan
The Baptist Harp: a new collection of hymns for the closet, the family, social worship, and revivals #50Page Scan
The Bible Hymn Book #d197
The Camp-Meeting Chorister: or, a collection of hymns and spiritual songs, for the pious of all denominations. To be sung at camp meetings, during revivals of religion, and on other occasions #229Page Scan
The Disciples' Hymn Book: a collection of hymns and chants for public and private devotion #96Page Scan
The Pilgrim Hymnal: with responsive readings and other aids to worship #23Page Scan
The Sacred Lute #d265
The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #446Page Scan
The Sunday School Hymnal: a Collection of Music for Sunday and Week-day Schools #d157
The Sweet Singer of Israel: a collection of hymns and spiritual songs, usually sung at camp, prayer, and social meetings, and revivals of religion (New ed. much enlarged) #288Page Scan
The Vestry Singing Book: being a selection of the most popular and approved tunes and hymns now extant, designed for social and religious meetings, family devotion, singing schools, etc. #239Page Scan
Worship in the School Room: a manual of devotion intended especially for the school, also adapted to the family #155Page Scan