1 Spirit of heav’nly counsel, come,
Our legislators teach Thy will;
To stay a sinking nation’s doom,
The wisdom from above reveal;
Nor let them join the impious crowd,
Nor let them scorn to fear their God.
2 The wisdom that departs from sin,
The gracious principle infuse,
To keep their hands and conscience clean,
To fit them for their Savior’s use;
Now, Savior, now to each impart
A single eye, and upright heart.
3 Now let the generous patriots rise,
The burden of our land to share,
With pleasure, luxury, and vice
To wage an everlasting war,
Bold to defend religion’s cause,
And glory in Thy slighted cross.
4 Their first concern, their foremost aim,
Thy kingdom to advance below,
While all united in Thy name
Their zeal for thy officials show,
Upon their hearts their country take,
And love, and save her for Thy sake.
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 >
Display Title: Spirit Of Heav'nly Counsel, ComeFirst Line: Spirit of heav’nly counsel, comeTune Title: BARRAGHAuthor: Charles WesleyMeter: 88.88.88Source: Hymns of Intercession for All Mankind (Bristol, England: E. Farley, 1758)