I worship thee, sweet will of God

I worship thee, sweet will of God

Author: Frederick W. Faber
Published in 121 hymnals

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1 I worship thee, sweet Will of God,
And all thy ways adore;
And every day I live, I seem
To love thee more and more.

2 I love to see thee bring to naught
The plans of wily men;
Where simple hearts outwit the wise,
Oh, thou art loveliest then.

3 I love to kiss each print where thou
Hast set thine unseen feet;
I cannot fear thee, blessed Will!
Thine empire is so sweet.

4 Ride on, ride on, triumphantly,
Thou glorious Will! ride on;
Faith's pilgrim sons, behind thee, take
The road that thou hast won.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #612

Author: Frederick W. Faber

Faber, Frederick William, D.D., son of Mr. T. H. Faber, was born at Calverley Vicarage, Yorkshire, June 28, 1814, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1836. He was for some time a Fellow of University College, in the same University. Taking Holy Orders in 1837, he became Rector of Elton, Huntingdonshire, in 1843, but in 1846 he seceded to the Church of Rome. After residing for some time at St. Wilfrid's, Staffordshire, he went to London in 1849, and established the London "Oratorians," or, "Priests of the Congregation of St. Philip Neri," in King William Street, Strand. In 1854 the Oratory was removed to Brompton. Dr. Faber died Sept. 26, 1863. Before his secession he published several prose works, some of which were… Go to person page >

Notes

I worship thee, sweet will of God. F. W. Faber. [Will of God.] First published in his Jesus and Mary: or Catholic Hymns, &c, 1849, in 14 stanzas of 4 lines, entitled "The Will of God," and repeated in his Hymns, 1862. In its full form it is not usually found in common use; but broken up into centos it is found as:—
1. He always wins who sides with God. In the American Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit, Boston, 1864.
2. I worship Thee, sweet Will of God. In several collections in Great Britain and America.
3. I bow before Thy will, 0 God. In Dr. Dale's English Hymn Book 1874.
4. I bow me to Thy will, 0 God. In Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, and others.
5. I love to kiss each print where Thou. In the Church Praise Book, N.Y., 1882.
6. I worship Thee, 0 blessed God. In one or two minor collections.
Through these centos the hymn is widely known in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

ST. PETER (Reinagle)

Composed by Alexander R. Reinagle (b. Brighton, Sussex, England, 1799; d. Kidlington, Oxfordshire, England, 1877), ST. PETER was published as a setting for Psalm 118 in Reinagle's Psalm Tunes for the Voice and Pianoforte (c. 1836). The tune first appeared with Newton's text in Hymns Ancient and Mode…

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HOLY TRINITY (Barnby)


BELMONT (Gardiner)

This tune has been mis-attributed to various other composers, but is clearly the work of the above-named composer.

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