My Favourite Hymn


O Thou who camest from above

The pure celestial fire to  impart,

Kindle a flame of sacred love

On the mean altar of my heart!

There let it for thy glory burn

With inextinguishable blaze,

And trembling to its source return,

In humble prayer and fervent praise

Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire

To work, and speak, and think for thee;

Still let me guard the holy fire,

And still stir up thy gift in me –

Ready for all thy perfect will,

My acts of faith and love repeat,

Till death thy endless mercies seal,

And make the sacrifice complete.

Charles Wesley  (Singing the Faith 564, Hymns & Psalms 745)

Not often sung now but this Hymn has been special for me since I became a Christian in 1965 during a Cliff College Mission in (what was then) the Ryton and Prudhoe Circuit.

I would want to pick out part of verse 2 and verse 3 as my favourite part.

There are two ‘set’ tunes in the hymnbook: the first (Hereford) has a gentle devotional lilt.   Because of my love of harmony I would want to indulge and sing it to the more rousing tune ‘Wilton’.


Note:  The hymn first printed in 1760, but fell out of fashion because the word ‘inextinguishable’ was  too difficult for people to sing!