God of our lives thy constant care

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1 The God of life, Whose constant care
with blessings crowns each opening year,
My scanty span doth still prolong,
And wakes anew mine annnual song.

2 Thy children, panting to be gone,
May bid the tide of time roll on,
To land them on that happy shore
Where years and death are known no more.

3 No more fatigue, no more distress,
Nor sin, nor hell, shall reach that place;
No groans, to mingle with the songs
Resounding from immortal tongues:

4 No more alarms from ghostly foes;
No cares to break the long repose;
No midnight shade, no clouded sun,
But sacred, high, eternal noon.

5 O long-expected year! begin;
Dawn on this world of woe and sin;
Fain would we leave this weary road,
And sleep in death, to rest with God.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: God of our lives thy constant care
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English

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God of my life, Thy constant care. P. Doddridge. [New Year.] First published in his (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 134, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "The possibility of dying this Year, Jeremiah xxviii. 16; For New Year's Day." In 1839 it was republished, with slight variations in the text, in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the Hymns, &c, No. 152. In Dr. Dale's English Hymn Book, 1874, No. 1174, stanzas i., iv.-vi., and in Common Praise, 1879, No. 325, stanzas i., iii., v., are given in each case as "God of our life, Thy constant care." An arrangement of stanzas ii.-v. also appeared in Cotterill's Selection, 1810, and later editions, as, "How many kindred souls are fled." This is repeated in a few modern collections.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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TRURO

TRURO is an anonymous tune, first published in Thomas Williams's Psalmodia Evangelica, (second vol., 1789) as a setting for Isaac Watts' "Now to the Lord a noble song." Virtually nothing is known about this eighteenth-century British editor of the two-volume Psalmodia Evangelica, a collection of thr…

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