Stand the omnipotent decree

Stand the omnipotent decree. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788).  From Hymns for the Year 1756. Particularly for the Fast-Day, February 6 (1756). It was included by John Wesley* in A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists (1780) in the section entitled ‘Describing Judgment’. In 1756 February 6 was proclaimed a National Fast Day, following the disasters of 1755: the beginning of the Seven Years’ War with France, a bad harvest, and the Lisbon earthquake on 1 November (Hildebrandt and Beckerlegge, 1983, p. 153). Charles Wesley wrote 17 hymns for the Fast Day, three of which were published in the same section in 1780: ‘Righteous God, whose vengeful phials’ ‘Stand th’omnipotent...

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