Peace doubting heart, my God's I amAuthor: Charles Wesley
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1. Peace, doubting heart! my God’s I am;
Who formed me man, forbids my fear;
The Lord hath called me by my name;
The Lord protects, for ever near;
His blood for me did once atone,
And still He loves and guards His own.
2. When passing through the watery deep,
I ask in faith His promised aid,
The waves all awful distance keep,
And shrink from my devoted head;
Fearless their violence I dare;
They cannot harm, for God is there!
3. To Him mine eye of faith I turn,
And through the fire pursue my way;
The fire forgets its power to burn,
The lambent flames around me play;
I own His power, accept the sign,
And shout to prove the Savior mine.
4. Still nigh me, O my Savior, stand!
And guard in fierce temptation’s hour;
Hide in the hollow of Thy hand,
Show forth in me Thy saving power,
Still be Thy arms my sure defense,
Nor earth nor hell shall pluck me thence.
5. Since Thou hast bid me come to Thee,
Good as Thou art, and strong to save
I’ll walk o’er life’s tempestuous sea,
Upborne by the unyielding wave,
Dauntless, though rocks of pride be near,
And yawning whirlpools of despair.
6. When darkness intercepts the skies,
And sorrow’s waves around me roll,
When high the storms of passion rise,
And half o’erwhelm my sinking soul,
My soul a sudden calm shall feel,
And hear a whisper, Peace; be still!
7. Though in affliction’s furnace tried,
Unhurt on snares and death I’ll tread;
Though sin assail, and hell, thrown wide,
Pour all its flames upon my head,
Like Moses’ bush, I’ll mount the higher,
And flourish unconsumed in fire.
Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5571
Peace, doubting heart, my God's I am. C. Wesley. [Peace with God.] First published in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739, p. 153, in 7 stanzas of 6 1ines, and based upon Isaiah xliii. 1-3. (P. Works, 1868-72, vol. i. p. 135.) It was given in full in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 264, and subsequently in other Methodist collections. In addition it is found in some Church of England hymn-books in 5 sts., a form given to it in Toplady's Psalms & Hymns 1776. From it also the following hymns are derived:—
1. For ever nigh me, Father, stand. This in Martineau's Hymns, 1840 and 1873, is composed of st. iv., ii. and vi. slightly altered.
2. Still nigh me, 0 my Saviour, stand. This, in the Baptist Selection of Hymns, 1838, No. 321, and the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, No. 427, is a cento, st. i. being st. iv. of this hymn, while st. ii. is st. xvi. of J. Wesley's translation from the German "Jesu, Thy boundless love to me."
G. J. Stevenson's note on Wesley's hymn in his Methodist Hymn Book Notes, 1883, p. 209, is of more than usual interest.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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