Two Hymns by Jane Crewdson   1 comment

Manchester, England

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I collect hymnals and hymnal companions.   The following lines owe their existence to Professor James Moffatt’s 1927 Handbook to the Church Hymnary, “the Church” being the Church of Scotland:

Jane Fox Crewdson (1809-1863) was a British Quaker and the wife of Thomas D. Crewdson, a Manchester manufacturer.  Jane’s health was often fragile, and she was an invalid much of the time.  Yet she wrote poetry (such as that below) others set to music and transformed into hymns.



1.  There is no sorrow, Lord, too light

To bring in prayer to Thee;

There is no anxious care too slight

To wake Thy sympathy.

2.  Thou, who hast trod the thorny road,

Wilt share each small distress;

The love, which bore the greater load,

Will not refuse the less.

3.  There is no secret sigh we breathe,

But meets Thine ear divine;

And every cross grows light beneath

The shadow, Lord, of Thine.

4.  Life’s ills without, sin’s strife within,

The heart would overflow,

But for that love which died for sin,

That love which wept with woe.


1.  O Saviour, I have nought to plead;

In earth beneath or heaven above,

But just my own exceeding need,

And Thy exceeding love.

2.  The need will soon be past and gone,

Exceeding great, but quickly o’er;

The love unbought is all Thine own,

And lasts forevermore.

Source of Hymns = The Hymnary of The United Church of Canada (1930)

Posted August 3, 2010 by neatnik2009 in Desperation and Suffering 1800s

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