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Thou Judge By Whom Each Empire Fell   1 comment


Above:  Ruins of Babylon, 1932

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-matpc-13231

Words (1931) by Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)

Hymn Source = Hymnbook for Christian Worship (1970), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the American Baptist Convention


1.  Thou Judge by  whom each empire fell,

When pride of power o’er came it,

Convict us now, if we rebel,

Our nation judge, and shame it.

In each sharp crisis, Lord, appear,

Forgive, and show our duty clear:

To serve thee by repentance.

2.  Search, Lord, our spirits in thy sight,

In best and worst reveal us;

Shed on our souls a blaze of light,

And judge, that thou may’st heal us.

The present be our judgment day,

When all our lack thou dost survey:

Show us ourselves and save us.

3.  Lo, fearing nought we come to thee,

Though by our fault confounded;

Though selfish, mean, and base we be,

Thy justice is unbounded:

So large, it nought but love requires,

And, judging, pardons, frees, inspires,

Deliver us from evil!

Father, Who on Man Dost Shower   1 comment


Above:  Part of the Text, from The Church Hymnary (1927)

Words (1906) by Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)

Hymn Source = The Church Hymnary (1927), Presbyterian


1.  Father, who on man dost shower

Gifts of plenty from Thy dower,

To Thy people give the power

All Thy gifts to use aright.

2.  Give pure happiness in leisure,

Temperance in every pleasure,

Holy use of earthly treasure,

Bodies clear and spirits bright.

3.  Lift from this and every nation

All that brings us degradation;

Quell the forces of temptation;

Put Thine enemies to flight.

4.  Be with us, Thy strength supplying,

That with energy undying,

Every foe of man defying,

We may really to the fight.

5.  Thou who art our Captain ever,

Lead us on to great endeavour;

May Thy Church the world deliver:

Give us wisdom, courage, might.

6.  Father, who has sought and found us,

Son of God, whose love has bound us,

Holy Ghost, within us, round us–

Hear us, Godhead infinite.

Jesus, Tender Shepherd, Hear Me   1 comment


Above:  Evening Prayer, Circa 1906

Image Copyrighted by W. H. Partridge, Boston, Massachusetts

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-USZ62-88923

Hymn Source = The Church Hymnary (1927), Presbyterian

Words (1839) by Mary Lundie Duncan (1814-1840), for her children


1.  Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me;

Bless Thy little lamb to-night;

Through the darkness be Thou near me;

Watch my sleep till morning light.

2.  All this day Thy hand has led me,

And I thank Thee for Thy care;

Thou hast clothed me, warmed and fed me;

Listen to my evening prayer.

3.  Let my sins be all forgiven;

Bless the friends I love so well;

Take me, when I die, to heaven,

Happy there with Thee to dwell.

O Perfect Love   1 comment

Above:  Wedding Rings

Image Source = Jeff Belmonte from Cuiaba, Brazil


Hymn Source = Pilgrim Hymnal (1958), of the United Church of Christ

Words (1883), by Dorothy Frances Gurney (1858-1932), wife a priest of The Church of England; both converted to Roman Catholicism in 1919


1.  O perfect Love, all human thought transcending,

Lowly we kneel in prayer before thy throne,

That theirs be the love which knows no ending,

Whom thou forevermore dost join in one.

2.  O perfect Life, be thou their full assurance

Of tender charity and steadfast faith,

Of patient hope, and quiet, brave endurance,

With childlike trust that fears nor pain nor death.

3.  Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow;

Grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife,

And to life’s day the glorious unknown morrow

That dawns upon eternal love and death.

Our Thought of Thee Is Glad   2 comments

Above:  Flag of the United States of America from 1877 to 1890

Hymn Source = The Church Hymnal (1935), of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ

Words (1883) by John Greenleaf Whittier


1.  Our thought of thee is glad with hope,

O Country of our love and pray’r;

Thy way is down no fatal slope,

But up to freer sun and air.

2.  Great, without seeking to be great

By fraud or conquest, rich in gold,

But richer in the large estate

Of virtue which thy children hold.

3.  With peace that comes of purity,

And strength to simple justice due:

So runs our loyal dream of thee,

God of our fathers, make it true.

4.  O land of lands! to thee we give

Our love, our trust, our service free;

For thee thy sons shall nobly live,

And at thy need shall die for thee.

Posted May 19, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Community and Country 1800s

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A Patriot’s Prayer   4 comments

Above:  Houses of Parliament, London, England, United Kingdom

Hymn Source = The Church Hymnal (1935), of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ

Words (1856), by John R. Wreford (1800-1881)


1.  Lord, while for all mankind we pray,

Of ev’ry clime and coast,

Oh, hear us for our native land,

The land we love the most.

2.  Oh, guard our shores from ev’ry foe;

With peace our borders bless,

Our cities with prosperity,

Our fields with plenteousness.

3.  Unite us in the sacred love

Of knowledge, truth, and thee;

And let our hills and valleys shout

The songs of liberty.

My Country, ‘Tis of Thee   3 comments

Above:  Flag of the United States of America, 1822-1836

Hymn Source = Lutheran Common Service Book (1917)

Words (1832) by the Reverend Samuel Francis Scott (1808-1895)

The older use for the tune, of course, is “God Save the King/Queen.”



1.  My country, ‘ti of thee,

Sweet land of liberty,

Of thee I sing;

Land where my fathers died,

Land of the pilgrims’ pride.

From ev’ry mountainside

Let freedom ring.

2.  My native country, thee,

Land of the noble free,

Thy name I love;

I love thy rocks and rills,

Thy woods and templed hills;

My heart with rapture thrills

Like that above.

3.  Let music swell the breeze,

And ring from all the trees

Sweet freedom’s song;

Let mortal tongues awake;

Let all that breathe partake;

Let rocks their silence break,

The sound prolong.

4.  Our fathers’ God, to Thee,

Author of liberty,

To Thee we sing:

Long may our land be bright

With freedom’s holy light;

Protect us by Thy might,

Great God, our King.

O Love Divine and Golden   1 comment

Above:  Wedding Rings

Image Source = Jeff Belmonte


Words (1866) by John Monsell (1811-1875), a priest of the Church of Ireland

Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1933), of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (1869-1958)


1.  O Love divine and golden,

Mysterious depth and height,

To Thee the world beholden

Looks up for live and light;

O Love divine and gentle,

The Blesser and the Blest,

Beneath Thy care parental

The world lies down in rest.

2.  O Love divine and tender,

That through our homes dost move,

Veiled in the softened splendor

Of holy household love,

A throne without Thy blessing

Were labor without rest,

And cottages possessing

Thy blessedness are blest.

3.  God bless these hands united;

God bless these hearts made one!

Unsevered and unblighted

May they through life go on,

Here in earth’s home preparing

For the bright home above,

And there forever sharing

Its joy where God is Love.

Posted February 24, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Community and Country 1800s

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From Thee All Skill and Science Flow   Leave a comment

Above:  Rays of Light

Image Source = Wikipedia

Words (1871) by Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), a priest of The Church of England

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1940, of The Episcopal Church


1.  From Thee all skill and science flow,

All pity, care, and love,

All calm and courage, faith, and hope:

O pour them from above!

2.  And part them, to Lord, to each and all,

As each and all shall need,

To rise, like incense, each to thee,

In noble thought and deed.

3.  And hasten, Lord, that perfect day

When pain and death shall cease,

And thy just rule shall fill the earth

With health and light and peace;

4.  When ever blue the sky shall gleam,

And ever green the sod,

And man’s rude work deface no more

The paradise of God.

We Plow the Fields   3 comments

We Plow the Fields

Above:  Part of the Hymn

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = The Hymnbook (1955), prepared by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, the Reformed Church in America, the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., the United Presbyterian Church of North America, and the Presbyterian Church in the United States

Original words by Claudius Matthias (1740-1815), a German Lutheran poet

English translation by Jane Montgomery Campbell (1817-1878), a member of the Church of England and a teacher of singing


1.  We plow the fields, and scatter

The good seed on the land,

But it is fed and watered

By God’s almighty hand;

He sends the snow in winter,

The warmth to swell the grain,

The breezes and the sunshine,

And soft refreshing rain.

All good gifts around us

Are sent from heaven above;

Then thank the Lord,

O thank the Lord

For all His love.

2.  He only is the Maker

Of all things near and far;

He paints the wayside flower,

He lights the evening star;

The winds and waves obey Him,

By Him the birds are fed;

Much more to us, His children,

He gives our daily bread.

All good gifts around us

Are sent from heaven above;

Then thank the Lord,

O thank the Lord

For all His love.

3.  We thank thee, then, O Father,

For all things bright and good;

The seed-time and the harvest,

Our life, our health, our food;

Accept the gifts we offer,

For all Thy love imparts,

And what Thou most desirest,

Our humble, thankful hearts.

All good gifts around us

Are sent from heaven above;

Then thank the Lord,

O thank the Lord

For all His love.