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’.
On the Admission of Any
Person into the Society.
Brother in Christ, and well-belov’d,
To Jesus, and his servants dear,
Enter, and shew thyself approv’d,
Enter, and find that God is here
’Scap’d from the world, redeem’d from sin,
By fiends pursued, by men abhor’d,
Come in, poor fugitive, come in,
And share the portion of thy Lord.
Welcome from earth!—Lo! The right-hand
Of fellowship to thee we give;
With open arms, and hearts we stand,
And thee in Jesu’s name receive!
Say, is thy heart resolv’d as ours?
Then let it burn with sacred love;
Then let it taste the heavenly powers,
Partaker of the joys above.
Jesu, attend! Thyself reveal!
Are we not met in thy great name?
Thee in the midst we wait to feel,
We wait to catch the spreading flame.
Thou God, that answerest by fire,
The Spirit of burning now impart,
And let the flames of pure desire
Rise from the altar of our heart.
Truly our fellowship below
With thee, and with thy Father is,
In thee eternal life we know,
And heaven’s unutterable bliss
In part we only know thee here,
But wait thy coming from above,—
And I shall then behold thee near,
And I shall all be lost in love!