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The Fiery Trial

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1. Where is the God of Shadrach? Where
Abednego’s and Meshach’s Power,
Through whom we may the furnace bear,
The violence of hell’s hottest hour!

2. Be Thou omnipotently near,
Whose form is as the Son of Man,
Amidst the raging flames appear,
And all their burning power restrain.

3. Thou knowest, O Lord, in Thy great name,
Unshaken confidence we have,
Send us the promised help we claim,
Now, Jesus, and forever, save.

4. The world’s infernal king exclaims,
Whose image we disdained t’adore,
At his command the furnace flames,
Flames seven times hotter than before.

5. His mighty chiefs have cast us in,
Behold, ye heathen, and admire,
Loose from our bands we here are seen
And walk unhurt amidst the fire.

6. We walk throughout our evil day,
Our Leader in the furnace see,
The lambent flames around us play,
And own the present Deity.

Author: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788

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: Where is the God of Shadrach? Where
Title: The Fiery Trial
Author: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
Source: The Unpublished Poetry of Charles Wesley, by S. T. Kimbrough, Jr., & Oliver A. Beckerlegge (Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon Press, 1992), pages 129-30
Language: English
Notes: Alternate tunes: BRESLAU, As Hymnodus Sacer (Leipzig, Germany: 1625); BRYNTEG, John A. Lloyd, Sr., 1815-1874; DEPAUW, Robert G. McCutchan, 1930
Copyright: Public Domain


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