Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go
Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788).
First published in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1749) in six 4-line stanzas, no 32 in a section entitled ‘Hymns for Believers’, with the heading ‘Before Work’.
In the back pages of his Sermon Register, 1749-1761, John Wesley wrote out some two hundred hymns ‘in a highly abbreviated script’ (Frank Baker, Representative Verse of Charles Wesley, 1962, 107, 390). In transcribing this hymn, he omitted verse 3:
Preserve me from my Calling’s Snare,
And hide my simple Heart above,
Above the Thorns of Choaking Care,
The gilded Baits of Worldly Love.
The verse was also omitted in the 1780 Collection of Hymns for the use of the People...
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