How happy are they

How happy are they. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788).  First published in Volume I of Charles Wesley’s Hymns and Sacred Poems (1749), the work that he published with his brother’s approval to demonstrate Charles’s financial fitness to marry. It was Hymn XV, in two parts, the first in seven stanzas, the second of nine (stanzas 8 to 16). The hymn as it is usually printed is taken from Part I of the 1749 text, which is an amazing expression of the joy of conversion and assurance, and of an emotional experience. Stanza 6 is particularly astonishing:    How happy are They,   Who the Saviour obey, And have laid up their Treasure above,   Tongue cannot express   The sweet Comfort, and Peace Of...

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