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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.

 

How Can We Sinners Know

Words: Charles Wesley, 1749
Music: Genevan Psalter, 1551; adapt. by William Crotch, 1836

Listen to the Music

1.
How can we sinners know
our sins on earth forgiven?
How can my gracious Savior show
my name inscribed in heaven?

2.
What we have felt and seen,
with confidence we tell,
and publish to the ends of earth
the signs infallible.

3.
We who in Christ believe
that he for us hath died,
we all his unknown peace receive
and feel his blood applied.

4.
We by his Spirit prove
and know the things of God,
the things which freely doth impart
and signs us with his cross.

5.
The meek and lowly heart
that in our Savior was,
to us that Spirit doth impart
and signs us with his cross.

6.
Our nature's turned, our mind
transformed in all its powers,
and both the witnesses are joined,
the Spirit of God with ours.

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