HYMNS: Come on, My Partners in Distress

By Charles Wesley 1707–1788 Charles Wesley
Come on, my partners in distress,
My comrades through the wilderness,
   Who still your bodies feel;
Awhile forget your griefs and fears,
And look beyond this vale of tears
   To that celestial hill.

Beyond the bounds of time and space
Look forward to that heavenly place,
   The saints’ secure abode;
On faith’s strong eagle pinions rise,
And force your passage to the skies,
   And scale the mount of God.

Who suffer with our Master here,
We shall before his face appear,
   And by his side sit down;
To patient faith the prize is sure,
And all that to the end endure
   The cross, shall wear the crown.

Thrice blessed bliss-inspiring hope!
It lifts the fainting spirits up,
   It brings to life the dead;
Our conflicts here shall soon be past,
And you and I ascend at last
   Triumphant with our head.

The great mysterious Deity
We soon with open face shall see;
   The beatific sight
Shall fill heaven’s sounding courts with praise,
And wide diffuse the golden blaze
   Of everlasting light.

The Father shining on his throne,
The glorious, co-eternal Son,
   The Spirit, one and seven,
Conspire our rapture to complete,
And lo! we fall before his feet,
   And silence heightens heaven.

In hope of that ecstatic pause,
Jesu, we now sustain the cross,
   And at thy footstool fall,
Till thou our hidden life reveal,
Till thou our ravished spirits fill,
   And God is all in all.

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Poet Charles Wesley 1707–1788


Subjects Living, Religion, Faith & Doubt, God & the Divine, Christianity

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Series/Sequence


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 Living, Religion, Faith & Doubt, God & the Divine, Christianity


Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Series/Sequence

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