I the good fight have fought

I the good fight have fought. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788). On 2 Timothy 4: 7, the stanzas that make up this hymn were first published separately in Short Hymns on Select Passages of the Holy Scriptures (1762). Its customary form is that of John Wesley*’s A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the people called Methodists (1780), in which he took two 8-line stanzas and printed them as four 4-line stanzas. Both came from the same verse in 2 Timothy: they formed no. 665 and no. 667 in 1762: 665. I have fought a good fight. –iv.7.   “I the good fight have fought,”   O when shall I declare! The victory by my Saviour got   I long, with Paul, to share:   O might I triumph so,   When all my warfare’s...

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