My hope, my all, my Savior thou

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1 My hope, my all, my Savior thou,
To thee, lo! now my soul I bow:
I feel the bliss thy wounds impart,
I find thee, Savior, in my heart.

2 Be thou my strength, be thou my way,
Protect me through my life's short day;
In all my acts may wisdom guide,
And keep me, Savior, near thy side,

3 Correct, reprove, and comfort me;
As I have need, my Savior be:
And if I would from thee depart,
Then clasp me, Savior, to thy heart.

4 In fierce temptations darkest hour,
Save me from sin and Satan's power
Tear every idol from thy throne,
And reign, my Savior--reign alone.

5 My suffering time shall soon be o'er,
Then shall I sigh and weep no more;
My ransomed soul shall soar away,
To sing thy praise in endless day.

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors, Supplementary for the use of Christians. 1st Ed., 1816

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My Hope, my All, my Saviour Thou. [Jesus, All in All.] This hymn has been traced to A Pocket Hymn Book designed as a constant Companion for the Pious, collected from Various Authors. York, B. Spence, 1774 (5th ed., 1786, No. 114), in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. Through this Pocket Hymn Book, which, in a reprint, was the first Methodist hymn book used in America, it came into use in that country. The full and unaltered text is in Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872, No. 964. In the Methodist Episcopal Hymnal, 1878, it is given in 4 stanzas, and ascribed to “Thomas Coke." As the hymn was published in a Methodist Pocket Hymn Book, in 1774, and Dr. Coke did not make the acquaintance of J. Wesley until August 13, 1776, this can hardly be so. Moreover, there is no mention of his having written hymns at that time, or at any time, in Dr. Etheridge's authorised edition of his Life, 1860. We are obliged therefore to say it is Anonymous.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




Edward Miller (b. Norwich, England, 1735; d. Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, 1807) adapted ROCKINGHAM from an earlier tune, TUNEBRIDGE, which had been published in Aaron Williams's A Second Supplement to Psalmody in Miniature (c. 1780). ROCKINGHAM has long associations in Great Britain and North Amer…

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