Author of faith, eternal Word

Author of faith, eternal Word. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788). First published in 1740 as the first six of twenty-two 4-line stanzas, as a pamphlet entitled ‘The Life of Faith, exemplified in the Eleventh Chapter of St Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews’, and again in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1740). It was published in its present form (with ‘holiness’ replacing the original ‘happiness’ in stanza 4 line 4) in John Wesley’s A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists (1780). It has continued to be used in this form ever since. Though the original long hymn deals mainly with Hebrews 11, it opens with a reference to Hebrews 12: 2, ‘Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of...

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