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...
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