See How Great a Flame Aspires Lyrics
Author: Charles Wesley
1 SEE how great a flame aspires,
Kindled by a spark of grace!
Jesu’s love the nations fires,
Sets the kingdoms on a blaze;
To bring fire on earth he came,
Kindled in some hearts it is,
O that all might catch the flame,
All partake the glorious bliss!
2 When he first the work begun,
Small and feeble was his day;
Now the word doth swiftly run,
Now it wins its widening way;
More and more it spreads and grows,
Ever mighty to prevail,
Sin’s strong-holds it now o’erthrows,
Shakes the trembling gates of hell.
3 Sons of God, your Saviour praise!
He the door hath opened wide;
He hath given the word of grace,
Jesu’s word is glorified;
Jesus, mighty to redeem,
He alone the work hath wrought;
Worthy is the work of him,
Him who spake a world from nought.
4 Saw ye not the cloud arise,
Little as a human hand?
Now it spreads along the skies,
Hangs o’er all the thirsty land;
Lo! the promise of a shower
Drops already from above;
But the Lord will shortly pour
All the Spirit of his love!
See How Great a Flame Aspires Hymn Story
‘See How Great a Flame Aspires’ is another hymn from the prolific hymn writer Charles Wesley. Charles Wesley is credited with writing over eight thousand hymns.
This hymn was inspired by the success of his evangelistic campaigns in Newcastle in the Northeast of England. As was usual with Charles every memorable occasion called forth for a new hymn.
In the case of the Newcastle campaigns, Charles Wesley composed four hymns.
Our hymn in this post undoubtedly has the imagery of the first verse suggested by the blast furnaces and burning pit-heaps which are scattered over the district around Newcastle, and which illuminate the whole neighborhood.
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