Lord Jesus, Let Thy Watchful Care

Lord Jesus, let Thy watchful care

Author: Edward Swaine (1855)
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1. Lord Jesus, let Thy watchful care
Thy faithful love, our brethren tend;
Their hearts sustain, their way prepare
And safely guide them to the end.

2. Be with them on the stormy deep;
Be with them in the silent hour;
By sea or land, awake, asleep,
Be Thou their helper, strength, and tower.

3. Maintain them through their earthly strife,
So running as to win the race;
Each holding forth the word of life,
A light to lighten future days.

4. Go, brethren, go! with cheerful voice
We bid you go—a blessed leav’n—
Go, win the country of your choice
For truth, and liberty, and Heav’n.

Author: Edward Swaine

Swaine, Edward, born at London, Sep. 21, 1795. He was for about 40 years a deacon of Craven Chapel (Congregational) under the pastorate of Dr. Leifchild and others; one of the directors of the London Missionary Society, and founder and chairman of the Pastors' Insurance Aid Society. He died April 22, 1862. (Miller's Singers and Songs, 1869, p. 441.) Mr. Swaine wrote several tracts, and also printed for private circulation The Hand of God, A Fragment, with Poems, Hymns, and Versions of Psalms, 1889. His hymns, "Hail! blessed communion of love" (Holy Communion), and "Lord Jesus, let Thy watchful care" (For Emigrants), were written in 1855 for the New Congregational Hymn Book, and given therein, 1859. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord Jesus, let Thy watchful care
Title: Lord Jesus, Let Thy Watchful Care
Author: Edward Swaine (1855)
Source: New Congregational Hymn Book, 1855
Language: English
Notes: Alternate tunes: WINCHESTER NEW, Musikalisches Handbuch (Hamburg, Germany: 1690); harmonized by William H. Monk, 1847, alt.; WOODWORTH, William B. Bradbury, 1849
Copyright: Public Domain


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