Head of thy church triumphant

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This is an hymn by Charles Wesley, 1745, published in Hymns for 1745, Hymn 15. In the original, there are four stanzas of meter 77. 447. 77. 447, which are often divided into eight stanzas of meter 77. 447.

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1. Head of thy church triumphant,
We joyfully adore thee;
Till thou appear,
Thy members here
Shall sing like those in glory.

We lift our hearts and voices
With blest anticipation,
And cry aloud,
And give to God
The praise of our salvation.


2. While in affliction’s furnace,
And passing through the fire,
Thy love we praise
Which knows our days,
And ever brings us nigher.

We clap our hands exulting
In thine almighty favor;
The love divine
Which made us thine
Shall keep us thine for ever.


3. Thou dost conduct thy people
Through torrents of temptation,
Nor will we fear,
While thou art near,
The fire of tribulation.

The world with sin and Satan
In vain our march opposes,
In thee we shall,
Break through them all
And sing the song of Moses.


4. By faith we see the glory
To which thou shalt restore us,
The cross despise
For that high prize
Which thou hast set before us.

And if thou count us worthy,
We each, as dying Stephen,
Shall see thee stand
At God’s right-hand
To take us up to heaven.

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