What hath this wretched world to give
Which Christians can with joy receive?
Its goods for one short moment stay,
And pass insensibly away:
I seek a permanent reward;
The favor of my glorious Lord,
The gift unspeakable be mine,
And all the heav’n of love divine.
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: What Hath This Wretched World To Give?First Line: What hath this wretched world to giveTune Title: JULIANAuthor: Charles WesleyMeter: LMDSource: Short Hymns on Select Passages of Holy Scripture (Bristol, England: E. Farley, 1762), alt.