Jesus, the word bestow

Jesus, the word bestow. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788). This hymn was not published in Charles Wesley’s lifetime, so that it was not included by John Wesley* in A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists (1780). It was added in a later Supplement before 1831. In ‘Wesley’s Hymns’ (1876) it was printed in two 8-line stanzas: Jesus, the word bestow,   The true immortal seed;. The gospel then shall greatly grow   And all our land o’erspread;   Through earth extended wide   Shall mightily prevail, Destroy the works of self and pride,   And shake the gates of hell. Its energy exert   In the believing soul; Diffuse thy grace through every part,   And sanctify the whole:...

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