Morning Hymn

By Charles Wesley 1707–1788 Charles Wesley
Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
      Christ, the true, the only light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise,
      Triumph o’er the shades of night:
Day-spring from on high, be near:
Day-star, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn
      Unaccompanied by thee,
Joyless is the day’s return,
      Till thy mercy’s beams I see;
Till thy inward light impart,
Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

Visit then this soul of mine,
      Pierce the gloom of sin, and grief,
Fill me, Radiancy Divine,
      Scatter all my unbelief,
More and more thyself display,
Shining to the perfect day.

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Poet Charles Wesley 1707–1788

POET’S REGION England

Subjects Faith & Doubt, Religion, Christianity

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Biography

Charles Wesley was a prolific Methodist poet and hymnist writing during the eighteenth-century Christian revival. While Wesley is rarely mentioned in standard histories of the period, his immense body of work—including poems, hymns, and a fascinating journal documenting his time in America—interests scholars both for its religiosity and its first-hand account of a tumultuous period. Yet the immense quantity of his poetry and its . . .

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SUBJECT Faith & Doubt, Religion, Christianity

POET’S REGION England

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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