O what shall I do my Saviour to praise
O what shall I do my Saviour to praise. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788).
First published in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1742), entitled ‘A Thanksgiving’. It followed ‘Wrestling Jacob’ (‘Come, O thou Traveller unknown’*) and was succeeded by two other hymns of thanksgiving, ‘O heavenly King, look down from above’*, and ‘My Father, my God, I long for thy love’. The last of these has not been used subsequently in hymnbooks. All three thanksgiving hymns were printed in 10-syllable lines, with a space and a capital letter after five syllables to allow for an alternative printed text: ‘O what shall I do My Saviour to praise’.
Charles Wesley was clearly in a thankful mood. His masterpiece, ‘Wrestling...
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