Thursday, March 31, 2011

"For the Mahometans" - A Wesley Hymn

Since 9-11, we, in America, have become much more aware of our fellow Americans of Islamic faith, as well as those of Islamic faith in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Today, during Morning Prayer, I continued my custom of singing through the Wesley hymns as found in Vol. 7 of The Works of John Wesley.  I recently made my way to Section X: For Believers Interceding for the World.  Today, it fell upon me to sing hymn 431, which is titled, For the Mahometans.  -  Perhaps you may find it interesting.  The words to the hymn are as follows:

1. Sun of unclouded righteousness,
With healing in thy wings arise
A sad, benighted world to bless,
Which now in sin and error lies,
Wrapped in Egyptian night profound,
With chains of hellish darkness bound.

2. The smoke of the infernal cave,
Which half the Christian world o'erspread,
Disperse, thou heavenly Light, and save
The souls by that impostor led,
That Arab-thief, as Satan bold,
Who quite destroyed thy Asian fold.

3. O might the blood of sprinkling cry
For those who spurn the sprinkled blood!
Assert thy glorious Deity,
Stretch out thy arm, thou triune God,
the Unitarian fiend expel,
And chase his doctrine back to hell!

4. Come, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Thou Three in One, and One in Three,
Resume thy own for ages lost,
Finish the dire apostasy;
Thine universal claim maintain,
And Lord of the creation reign!


John Meunier said...

Wow. Interesting contrast to something JW wrote at one point claiming no knowledge about God's plans for Muslims.

The awareness of the Muslim conquest of formerly Christian lands and the uprooting of the church there is one we don't often emphasize in Christian-Muslim dialogue.

Wesley 'Whitey Lawful' Mcgranor said...

Thankyou for sharing this hymn.

As for Mohammedan and Christian dialogue -as long as we understand that calling for moderate Islam and understanding that they wish to purge or contain elements destructive to their notion of piety -are not exclusive to them in at least--the attempt to undermine ones faith.