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Shall foolish, weak, short sighted man

Shall foolish, weak, short sighted man

Author: Charles Wesley
Tune: ST. LEONARD (Hiles)
Published in 20 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Shall foolish, weak, short-sighted man,
Beyond the angels go--
The great Almighty God explain,
Or to perfection know?

2 His attributes divinely soar
Above the creature's sight,
And prostrate seraphim adore
The glorious Infinite.

3 The brightness of his glory leaves
Description far below;
Nor man's nor angel's heart conceives
How deep his mercies flow.

4 His grace is most unsearchable,
And dazzles all above;
They gaze, but can not count or tell
The treasures of his love.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #45

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: Shall foolish, weak, short sighted man
Author: Charles Wesley



The Cyber Hymnal #9807
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The Cyber Hymnal #9807

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