Away with our fears, the glad morning appears
Away with our fears,/ the glad morning appears. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788).
From Hymns and Sacred Poems (1749), where it had fourteen stanzas. It was entitled ‘On his Birth-day’, and began with the personal ‘Away with my Fears’. In the 1780 Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists it appeared in the section ‘For Believers Rejoicing’, shortened to 12 stanzas. The omitted ones were 2 and 8:
2. No grievous Alloy
Shall diminish the Joy
I to Day from my Maker receive:
’Tis my Duty to praise
His unspeakable Grace,
And exulting in Jesus to live.
8. How rich in the Friends
Thy Providence sends
To help my Infirmity on!
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