Author of faith, eternal Word
Author of faith, eternal Word. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788).
First published in 1740 in a pamphlet entitled ‘The Life of Faith, exemplified in the Eleventh Chapter of St Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews’, taking the reader through several verses of the epistle. It was then printed in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1740). The six stanzas, sub-titled ‘Verse i’, and given the same title as the pamphlet, were the first of twenty-two:
Author of Faith, Eternal Word, Whose Spirit breathes the active Flame, Faith, like its Finisher and Lord, Today, as yesterday the same;
To Thee our humble Hearts aspire, And ask the Gift unspeakable: Increase in us the kindled Fire, In us the Work of Faith fulfil.
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