1 Worship, and thanks, and blessing,
And strength ascribe to Jesus!
Jesus alone defends His own,
When earth and hell oppress us.
Jesus with joy we witness
Almighty to deliver;
Our seals set to, that God is true,
And reigns a King for ever.
2 Omnipotent Redeemer,
Our ransomed souls adore Thee;
Our Saviour Thou, we find it now,
And give Thee all the glory.
We sing Thine arm unshortened,
Brought through our sore temptation;
With heart and voice in Thee rejoice,
The God of our salvation.
3 Thine arm hath safely brought us
A way no more expected,
Than when Thy sheep passed through the deep,
By crystal walls protected.
Thy glory was our rear-ward,
Thy hand our lives did cover,
And we, even we, have passed the sea,
And marched triumphant over.
4 The world's and Satan's malice
Thou, Jesus, hast confounded;
And, by Thy grace, with songs of praise
Our happy souls resounded.
Accepting our deliverance,
We triumph in Thy favour,
And for the love which now we prove,
Shall praise Thy name for ever.
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 >
Worship, and thanks, and blessing. C. Wesley. [Confidence in Jesus.] This hymn "Written alter a Deliverance in a Tumult," first appeared in Hymns for those that Seek, and those that have Redemption, &c, 1747, in 6 stanzas of 10 lines. Of these stanzas i.-iv. and vi. were given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book in 1800. In an edition subsequent to that of 1809, stanza iv. was also omitted, and in the revised edition, 1875, this form in 4 stanzas is retained. Original text Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iv. pp. 237-9. It has been suggested that the "tumult" referred to was that which took place at Wednesbury, October 26, 1743. Although this is quite probable it yet lacks certain proof. See G. J. Stevenson's Methodist Hymn Book Notes, 1883, p. 211.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: Worship, and Thanks, and BlessingFirst Line: Worship, and thanks, and blessingTune Title: WORSHIP (Haydn)Author: Charles WesleyMeter: 77.87 DSource: Hymns for Those That Seek and Those That Have Redemption in the Blood of Jesus Christ, 1747