Charles Wesley wrote many verses for this hymn; these are the ones most often sung these days, and are probably the ones used at the time of the Martyrs.

Verse four would resonate for the Martyrs because of its prisoner reference, but the same verse uses colourful language to remind us that anyone can be saved by God's love.

There were times when the "foulest" might have been the local land-owners who orchestrated the trial, but it might also be referring to fellow prisoners whose crimes may not have been so artificial!

Methodists sing their faith - O for a thousand tongues to sing
  1. O for a thousand tongues to sing
    my great Redeemer's praise,
    the glories of my God and King,
    the triumphs of his grace!
  2. My gracious Master and my God,
    assist me to proclaim,
    to spread through all the earth abroad
    the honours of your name.
  3. Jesus -- the name that charms our fears,
    that bids our sorrows cease;
    'tis music in the sinner's ears,
    'tis life, and health, and peace.
  4. He breaks the power of cancelled sin,
    he sets the prisoner free;
    his blood can make the foulest clean,
    his blood availed for me.
  5. He speaks; and, listening to his voice,
    new life the dead receive;
    the mournful, broken hearts rejoice;
    the humble poor believe.
  6. See all your sins on Jesus laid:
    the Lamb of God was slain;
    his soul was once an offering made
    that all may heaven gain.
  7. In Christ, our Head, you then shall know,
    shall feel, your sins forgiven,
    anticipate your heaven below,
    and own that love is heaven.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

 Click here to see the words to "And can it be" another great hymn by Charles Wesley

Other well known hymns by Charles Wesley include:

  • Christ the Lord is risen today
  • Christ, whose glory fills the sky
  • Come, thou long expected Jesus
  • Jesus, The Name high over all
  • Lo! He comes with clouds descending

and perhaps the best known....

Hark! The herald angels sing