Jesus, Lover of My Soul

(Nahum 1:7)

Charles Wesley (1707-1788) Simeon B. Marsh (1798-1875)

Hih la a phuakpa Charles Wesley bel la ngaih dawng 6,500 val a phuakpa hi a, tuate’ lakah hih la mah a hoihpenin kingaihsun hi. Labu kici khempeuh ah kimu kim-a leitunga kampau kici peuhmah-in kilet kim hi. Ahi zongin Charles Wesley in hih la a phuah khit ciangin a upa John Wesley laka, a upa in, “sentimental” lua ci-a a nolh lam a thei tam lo ding hi. A phuakpa’ sih khit ciangin kilimsak pana, 1740 kumin Hymns and Sacred Poem kici la dawng 139 kikaikhawm lakah kihel a, a kikhetkhiat masaknapen ahi hi.

Mi thupi tampite in hih la thupi a sakna uh gen uh hi. Dr. Bodine bang in, “It is the finest heart-hymn in the English language” ci zawzena, Mangkam-a kiphuak hymn lakah a ngaihpen hi, ci-a a ciapteh ahi hi. American thuhilh minthang Henry Ward Beecher in, “Leitunga tu ngei kumpi khempeuhte’ minthanna khempeuh ka ngah sangin hih la a phuakpa ka hih ding utzaw ingh; thupizaw in vangliatna neizaw hi. New York-a mi haupenpa’ hauhna khempeuh ka neih sangin hih la a phuakpa ka hih ding utzaw ingh. Tua mipa a sawt lo-in si dinga, kiphawkkha nawn lo ding hi, tua pa’ thu gen ding bang om mawk ding hiam? Ahih hangin hih la bel kisasa dinga a tawpna ah Pasian’ omna mun a kitun ciang nangawnin mi pawlkhatte’ muk-ah hihla mah om lai ding hi” ci ngiat hi.

Charles Wesley in hih la a phuahna tawh kisai-in tangthu tampi om hi. America gamah tomkalkhat a om khit ciangin 1736 kumin England gamah ciahkik hi. Tuipi tungah huihpi tuaka tembaw tunga tuang mi peuhmah khatbeek suakta kei leh kilawm hi. December 3 ni-in tembaw khawlna tung teiisam uh hi. Charles Wesley in khukdinsuka a honkhia Khut (Pasian) a phatna a diary sungah na khum hi. Pawlkhatte’ genna ah tua bang huihpi a tuah sungin vasano khat ama’ omna inndei sungah lut-a, a angsung bel hi, ci uh hi. Tua vasa lau lua mahmah a, liing tantan-a om kimlai, ama’ angsung a tun ciangin a launa khempeuh veng hi, kici hi.

Pawlkhatte leuleu in hih la pen Charles Wesley’ nuntakna a lak teci panna bangin ngaihsun uh hi. May 21, 1738 ni-a Aldersgate-a a pianthak dong Pasian tawh kilemna zonga a kitomtomnateng la-a a phuah hi, a ci zong om leuleu hi.

Hih bang la hoih khat bel tangthu tuamtuam a nei ta kei zongin la hoih mah hi lel hi. A kammalte mahmah khum ngutngut a, Mangkam-in a dawng buppi ah kammal 188 a omna lakah mal 156 te aw-khat bek a suak (one-syllable) kammal vive hise hi. I Topa pen “hong itpa,” “hong damsakpa,” “bukna,” “tuinak,” “kha,” cih bangin na khempeuh-a kicing Pa ahihna na gen hi. Wesley mahbangin thu um mi a kuamapeuh in, “Kei’ deihnateng kicinna Khazih Topa Nang na hi” ci thei takpi ding hi hang.

Hih lamal tawh kisakhawm dingin la-aw tampi kiphuak ngei-a, Simeon B. Marsh’ phuah pen mah kitamzatpen hi. Marsh bel 1798 kumin Sherborne, New York-ah suak hi. Organist lah hi, choir director lah hi-a, sangsia sem khat zong ahi hi. Presbyterian pawlpi mi hoih mahmah khat hi-a, 1834 kum phalbi tun kuanin hih la-aw phuaka, “Martyn” ci-in min pia hi. John Newton’ phuah “Mary at Her Savior’s Tomb” kici la tawh sakkhop dinga a phuah ahih manin khatveivei bang “Resurrection Tune” (Thawhkikna La-aw) kici zawzen hi. Kum 30 khit ciangin biakna la-a minthang mahmah American-te Thomas Hastings in hih la-aw mukha a Charles Wesley’ phuah “Hong It Zeisu Topa Aw” lamal tawh kibulh leh kituak mahmah ding cih mukhia hi. Kituak takpi hi.

Charles Wesley’ phuah ladang pawlkhatte lakah, “Tuni’n Khazih Hingkik” (Christ the Lord Is Risen Today), “Mi Tulsawm’ Aw Nei Zen Leng” (O for A Thousand Tongues), “Ngai Un, Vantung Mite’n Lasa” (Hark! The Herald Angels Sing) “A Charge to Keep I Have,” “Depth of Mercy,” cihte kihel hi.

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