Lord, a little band, and lowly

Lord, a little band, and lowly

Author: Martha Evans Shelly
Published in 83 hymnals

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1 Lord, a little band, and lowly,
We are come to sing to Thee;
Thou art great, and high, and holy—
Oh, how solemn we should be!

Refrain:
Far away, in the realms of beauty,
Farther on, to the golden shore,
Pressing on, in the line of duty,
We shall meet to part no more.

2 Fill our hearts with tho'ts of Jesus,
And of heav'n where He has gone;
And let nothing ever please us
He would grieve to look upon. [Refrain]

3 For we know the Lord of glory
Always sees what children do,
And is writing now the story
Of our thoughts and actions, too. [Refrain]

4 Let our sins be all forgiven;
Make us fear whate'er is wrong;
Let us on our way to heaven,
There to sing a nobler song. [Refrain]

Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #740

Author: Martha Evans Shelly

Shelly, Martha Evans, née Jackson, daughter of John Jackson, of Manchester, born at Stockport, Cheshire, and married in 1846 to J. W. Shelly, of Great Yarmouth. Her hymns appeared in Curwen's Child’s Own Hymn Book, 1844-1874, and include:— 1. Father, let Thy benediction. On behalf of Children. Appeared in Curwen's Child's Own Hymn Book, 1844, and is found in a few modern collections. 2. Lord, a little band and lowly. Children's Prayer. Mrs. Shelly's account of this hymn is:-—"At a Sunday School meeting in Manchester, the Rev. John Curwen, one evening, gave a lecture on singing. He sang a very pretty and simple tune, to which he said he had no suitable words, and wished that some one would write a hymn to it. I wrote these v… Go to person page >

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