1 While nature yielding to despair
Her blasted expectation mourns,
After a length of years the prayer
In the most helpless case returns,
The peaceful word at last comes down,
And lo, the barren bears a son!
2 Then let us patiently attend,
To Him the time and manner leave,
Till God the long sought blessing send,
Till Christ His gracious fullness give,
And faith’s maturest fruit we prove
In finished holiness and love.
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: While Nature Yielding To DespairFirst Line: While nature yielding to despairTune Title: GLADDENAuthor: Charles WesleyMeter: 88.88.88Source: Short Hymns, Vol. II (Bristol, England: E. Farley, 1762)