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My Maker and My King   1 comment

Christ in Majesty Chartres Cathedral

Above:  Christ in Majesty, Chartres Cathedral

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal (1985)

Text (published in 1760) by Anne Steele (1716-1778)

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1.  My Maker and my King,

To Thee my all I owe;

Thy sovereign bounty is the spring

Whence all my blessings flow;

Thy sovereign bounty is the spring

Whence all my blessings flow.

2.  The creature of Thy hand,

On Thee alone I lie;

My God, Thy benefits demand

More praise than I can give.

My God, Thy benefits demand

More praise than I can give.

3.  Lord, what can I impart

When all is Thine before?

Thy love demands a thankful heart;

The gift, alas! how poor.

Thy love demands a thankful heart;

The gift, alas! how poor.

4.  O! let Thy grace inspire

My soul with strength divine;

Let every word and each desire

And all my days be Thine.

Let every word and each desire

And all my days be Thine.

Anne Steele   1 comment

English Flag

Above:  The Flag of England

Image in the Public Domain

Anne Steele (1716-1778) was the first important female English hymn writer.

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He Lives! The Great Redeemer Lives:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/he-lives-the-great-redeemer-lives/

Father, Whate’er of Earthly Bliss:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/father-whater-of-earthly-bliss/

My God, ‘Tis to Thy Mercy-Seat:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/my-god-tis-to-thy-mercy-seat/

Almighty God, Before Thy Throne:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/almighty-god-before-thy-throne/

To Our Redeemer’s Glorious Name:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/to-our-redeemers-glorious-name/

Father of Mercies, in Thy Word:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/father-of-mercies-in-thy-word/

The Savior Calls; Let Every Ear:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/the-savior-calls-let-every-ear/

My Maker and My King:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/my-maker-and-my-king/

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Posted May 22, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Sources S

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He Lives! the Great Redeemer Lives   2 comments

Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb Fra Angelico

Above:  The Resurrection of Christ and the Women at the Tomb, by Fra Angelico

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = New Baptist Hymnal (1926), Northern Baptist Convention and Southern Baptist Convention

Text (published in 1760) by Anne Steele (1716-1778)

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1.  He lives! the great Redeemer lives!

What joy the blest assurance gives!

And now, before his Father, God,

He pleads the merits of his blood,

He pleads the merits of his blood.

2.  Repeated crimes awake our fears,

And justice, armed with frowns appears;

But in the Saviour’s lovely face

Sweet mercy smiles, and all is peace,

Sweet mercy smiles, and all is peace.

3.  Away, ye dark, despairing thoughts;

Above our fears, above our faults,

His pow’rful intercessions rise;

And guilt recedes, and terror dies,

And guild recedes, and terror dies.

4.  Great Advocate, almighty Friend,

On thee our humble hopes depend;

Our cause can never, never fail,

For thou dost plead, and must prevail,

For thou dost plead, and must prevail.

Father, What’er of Earthly Bliss   1 comment

Crucifix III July 15, 2014

Above:  One of My Crucifixes, July 2015

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = New Baptist Hymnal (1926), Northern Baptist Convention and Southern Baptist Convention

The New Baptist Hymnal was considerably more popular in the former than in the latter, according to William Jensen Reynolds, Hymns of Our Faith:  A Handbook for the Baptist Hymnal (Nashville, TN:  Broadman Press, 1964), page xxix.

Text (published in 1760) by Anne Steele (1716-1778), who spent most of her life as an invalid in constant pain and frequently bedridden, and whose fiance died just a few hours before the scheduled wedding

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1.  Father, whate’er of earthly bliss

Thy sovereign will denies,

Accepted at thy throne of grace,

Let this petition rise:–

2.  Give me a calm, a thankful heart,

From ev’ry murmur free;

The blessings of thy grace impart,

And make me live to thee.

3.  Let the sweet hope that thou art mine

My life and death attend;

Thy presence thro’ my journey shine,

And crown my journey’s end.

My God, ‘Tis To Thy Mercy-Seat   1 comment

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Above:  Christ the Merciful

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Hymnal of the Evangelical and Reformed Church (1941)

Text (published in 1760) by Anne Steele (1716-1778)

The Hymnal of the Evangelical and Reformed Church (1941) changed the opening line to “Dear Father, to Thy mercy-seat,” as Armin Haeussler’s The Story of Our Hymns:  The Handbook to the Hymnal of the Evangelical and Reformed Church (1952) informs me.

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1.  My God, ’tis to Thy mercy-seat

My soul for shelter flies;

‘Tis here I find a safe retreat

When storms and tempests rise.

2.  My cheerful hope can can never die,

If Thou, my God, art near;

Thy grace can raise my comforts high,

And banish every fear.

3.  My great Protector and my Lord,

Thy constant aid impart;

O let Thy kind, Thy gracious word

Sustain my trembling heart.

4.  O never let my soul remove

From this divine retreat;

Still let me trust Thy power and love

And dwell beneath Thy feet.

Almighty God, Before Thy Throne   1 comment

The Day of Judgment Fra Angelico

Above:  The Day of Judgment, by Fra Angelico

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

Text (written in 1756 yet published in 1760) by Anne Steele

Steele wrote the original version (with seven stanzas) for the Public Fast, February 6, 1756, related to the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763).

I read the third stanza and think of the use of religion and the Bible to justify the indefensible, including slavery, racism, “holy” wars, the burning of accused heretics, witch trials, and the range of -isms and phobias which teach us to denigrate and hate our fellow human beings.

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1.  Almighty Lord, before Thy throne,

Thy mourning people bend;

‘Tis on Thy grace in Christ alone

Our failing hopes depend.

2.  Dark judgments from Thy heavy hand

Thy dreadful pow’r display;

Yet mercy spares our guilty land,

And still w live to pray.

3.  How changed, alas, are truths divine

For error, guilt, and shame!

What impious numbers, bold in sin,

Disgrace the Christian name!

4.  Oh, turn us, turn us, mighty Lord;

Convert us by Thy grace!

Then shall our hearts obey Thy Word

And see again Thy face.

5.  Then, should oppressing foes invade,

We will not yield to fear,

Secure of all-sufficient aid

When God in Christ is near.

To Our Redeemer’s Glorious Name   1 comment

Candle Flame

Above:  Candle Flame

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

Text (published in 1760) by Anne Steele (1716-1778)

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1.  To our Redeemer’s glorious name

Awake the sacred song.

Oh, may His love, immortal flame,

Tune ev’ry heart and tongue!

2.  His love, what human tho’t can reach,

What mortal tongue portray?

Imagination’s utmost stretch

In wonder dies away.

3.  He left His radiant throne on high,

Left realms of heav’nly bliss,

And came to earth to bleed and die–

Was ever love like this?

4.  Dear Lord, while we adoring pay

Our humble thanks to Thee,

May every heart with rapture say,

“The Savior died for me!”

5.  Oh, may the sweet, the blissful theme

Fill every heart and tongue

Till strangers love the charming name

And join the sacred song!

Father of Mercies, In Thy Word   1 comment

Church of the Ascension

Above:  The Gospel Book, Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Cartersville, Georgia, May 10, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

Words (published originally in twelve stanzas in 1760) by Anne Steele (1716-1778)

This version comes from the Bristol, England, Baptist Collection of Hymns Adapted to Public Worship (1769).

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1.  Father of mercies, in Thy Word

What endless glory shines!

Forever be Thy name adored

For these celestial lines.

2.  Here may the blind and hungry come

And light and food receive;

Here shall the lowliest guest have room

And taste and see and live.

3.  Here springs of consolation rise

To cheer the fainting mind,

And thirsting souls receive supplies

And sweet refreshment find.

4.  Here the Redeemer’s welcome voice

Spreads hean’nly peace around,

And life and everlasting joys

Attend the blissful sound.

5.  Oh, may these heavenly pages be

My ever dear delight;

And still new beauties may I see

And still increasing light!

6.  Divine Instructor, gracious Lord,

Be Thou forever near;

Teach me to love Thy sacred Word

And view my Savior here.

The Savior Calls; Let Every Ear   1 comment

Beecher Spring, Florida

Above:  Beecher Springs, Florida, 2004

Image Source = R. Means

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

Words (published in 1760) by Anne Steele (1716-1778)

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1.  The Savior calls; let every ear

Attend the heav’nly sound.

Ye doubting souls, dismiss your fear;

Hope smiles reviving round.

2.  For ev’ry thirsty, longing heart

Here streams of bounty flow

And life and health and bliss impart

To banish mortal woe.

3.  Here springs of sacred treasures rise

To ease your ev’ry pain;

Immortal fountain, full supplies!

Nor shall you thirst in vain.

4.  Ye sinners, come, ’tis Mercy’s voice;

The gracious call obey;

Mercy invites to heav’nly joys,

And can you yet delay?

5.  Dear Savior, draw reluctant hearts;

To Thee let sinners fly

And take the bliss Thy love imparts

And drink and never die.