Thursday, March 31

"For the Mahometans" by Charles Wesley

Hymn #443 in the 1875 Wesley Hymnal (or #431 in the Collected Works of John Wesley) is a remarkable call for faithful intercession for the lost:

1. Sun of unclouded righteousness,
With healing in thy wings arise
A sad, benighted world to bless,
Which now in sin and error lies,
Wrapped in Egyptian night profound,
With chains of hellish darkness bound.

2. The smoke of the infernal cave,
Which half the Christian world o'erspread,
Disperse, thou heavenly Light, and save
The souls by that impostor led,
That Arab-thief, as Satan bold,
Who quite destroyed thy Asian fold.

3. O might the blood of sprinkling cry
For those who spurn the sprinkled blood!
Assert thy glorious Deity,
Stretch out thy arm, thou triune God,
the Unitarian fiend expel,
And chase his doctrine back to hell!

4. Come, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Thou Three in One, and One in Three,
Resume thy own for ages lost,
Finish the dire apostasy;
Thine universal claim maintain,
And Lord of the creation reign


Derek Monjure said...

Thanks for posting, fantastic!

Johnny! said...

WOW! We should be singing this in Church. Goes well with Cranmer's third Collect for Good Friday.

Lawrence Underwood said...

That is profound.

Scribbler said...

The eyes are the windows to the soul... I look at these poor souls with nothing but anger and hate in their eyes and my flesh angers....but then God's Gospel awakens me and I realize the darkness, the nightmare they live in, and I am then not angry, but saddened. May this prayer be sung and prayed until answered form above.

Unknown said...

I would like to hear this hymn. and sing it in our church on missions day
Pastor colin carvell