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Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley

(1708 – 1788)

TUNE: Cambridge

A Charge To Keep I Have

Charles Wesley was possibly the most prolific hymn writer that ever lived. It is estimated that he wrote more than 6500 hymns. He was born In Epworth, Lincolnshire (UK) . Along side his brother, John, Charles was used mightily by God during the 18th century ‘Great Evangelical Awaking’.


A charge to keep I have,
A God to glorify,
A never- dying soul to save,
And fit it for the sky.


To serve the present age,
My calling to fulfil:
O may it all my powers engage
To do my Master’s will!


Arm me with jealous care,
As in Thy sight to live;
And O Thy servant Lord, prepare
A strict account to give!


Help me to watch and pray,
And on Thyself to rely,
Assured if I my trust betray,
I shall forever die.