My times of sorrow and of joy Great God! are in thy hand

My times of sorrow and of joy Great God! are in thy hand

Author: Benjamin Beddome
Tune: SILOAM (Woodbury)
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1 My times of sorrow and of joy,
Great God, are in thy hand;
My choicest comforts come from thee,
And go at thy command.

2 If thou should'st take them all away,
Yet would I not repine;
Before they were possessed by me,
They were entirely thine.

3 Now would I drop a murmuring word,
Though the whole world were gone,
But seek enduring happiness
In thee, and thee alone.

4 What is the world with all its store?
'Tis a deceitful cheat;
When I attempt to pluck the rose,
A piercing thorn I meet.

5 Here perfect bliss can ne'er be found,
The honey's mixed with gall;
Midst changing scenes and dying friends,
Be thou my all in all.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: Benjamin Beddome

Benjamin Beddome was born at Henley-in Arden, Warwickshire, January 23, 1717. His father was a Baptist minister. He studied at various places, and began preaching in 1740. He was pastor of a Baptist society at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, until his death in 1795. In 1770, he received the degree of M.A. from the Baptist College in Providence, Rhode Island. He published several discourses and hymns. "His hymns, to the number of 830, were published in 1818, with a recommendation from Robert Hall." Montgomery speaks of him as a "writer worthy of honour both for the quantity and the quality of his hymns." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: My times of sorrow and of joy Great God! are in thy hand
Author: Benjamin Beddome
Language: English


My times of sorrow and of joy. B. Beddome. [Resignation.] Written on Jan. 4, 1778, and published in Rippon's Baptist Selection, 1787, No. 276, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Resignation; or God's Portion." In R. Hall's posthumous edition of Beddome's Hymns, &c, 1817, No. 222, it is simply entitled "Resignation." It is a striking coincidence that, unknown to Beddome, his son, Dr. Benjamin Beddome, died of a fever in Edinburgh on the day that this hymn was written. Dr. Rippon says, in the Baptist Register, 1794, that the father preached on that day (Sunday) from Psalms xxxi. 15, "My times are in Thy hand," and that this hymn was sung at the close of the Sermon. It is very plaintive, and well suited for private use. It is in several modern collections, including the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858 and 1880.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


SILOAM (Woodbury)


Composed by John B. Dykes (PHH 147), BEATITUDO was published in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875), where it was set to Isaac Watts' "How Bright Those Glorious Spirits Shine." Originally a word coined by Cicero, BEATITUDO means "the condition of blessedness." Like many of Dykes's…

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