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Charles WesleyCharles Wesley (1707-1788), who wrote hundreds of hymns and poems, was one of the most prolific English poets. His hymns witness to the power of God in Christ today and in every age. He and his brother John Wesley founded Methodism. The Global Praise program offers resources that celebrate the life, work, and message of this powerful servant of God.

The hymns in this section can also be found in The United Methodist Hymnal.

 

A Charge to Keep I Have

Words: Charles Wesley, 1762 (Lev. 8:35)
Music: Lowell Mason, 1832

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1.
A charge to keep I have,
a God to glorify,
a never-dying soul to save,
and fit it for the sky.

2.
To serve the present age,
my calling to fulfill;
O may it all my powers engage
to do my Master's will!

3.
Arm me with jealous care,
as in thy sight to live,
and oh, thy servant, Lord,
prepare a strict account to give!

4.
Help me to watch and pray,
and on thyself rely,
assured, if I my trust betray,
I shall forever die.

Thanks to HymnSite.com for providing this public domain midi file and text