He Waiteth to Be Gracious

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1 Thy ceaseless, unexhausted love,
unmerited and free,
delights our evil to remove,
and help our misery.

2 Thou waitest to be gracious still;
thou dost with sinners bear,
that, saved, we may thy goodness feel,
and all thy grace declare.

3 Thy goodness and thy truth to me,
to ev'ry soul abound,
a vast, unfathomable sea,
where all our thoughts are drowned.

4 Its streams the whole creation reach,
so plenteous is the store,
enough for all, enough for each,
enough for evermore.

5 Faithful, O Lord, thy mercies are,
a rock that cannot move;
a thousand promises declare
thy constancy of love.

6 Throughout the universe it reigns,
unalterably sure;
and while the truth of God remains
the goodness must endure.

Source: Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #688

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >



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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #688

Hymns and Psalms #48

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