God of my salvation

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1 O thou God of my salvation,
My Redeemer from all sin,
Moved to this by great compassion,
Yearning bowels from within:
I will praise thee:
Where shall I thy praise begin?

2 While the angel-choirs are crying;
Glory to the great I am!
I with them will still be vying,
Glory, glory, to the Lamb!
O how precious:
Is the sound of Jesus’ name!

3 Now I see, with joy and wonder,
Whence the healing streams arose;
Angels-minds are lost to ponder
Dying love's mysterious cause;
Yet the blessing
Down to all, to me it flows.

4 Though unseen, I love the Savior,
He almighty grace hath shown;
Pardoned guilt and purchased favor!
This he makes to mortals known;
Give him glory,
Glory, glory is his own.

5 Angels now are hovering round us,
Unperceived they mix the throng,
Wondering at the love that crowned us,
Glad to sing the holy song:
Love and praise to Christ belong.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1801

Author: Thomas Olivers

Thomas Olivers was born in Tregonan, Montgomeryshire, in 1725. His youth was one of profligacy, but under the ministry of Whitefield, he was led to a change of life. He was for a time apprenticed to a shoemaker, and followed his trade in several places. In 1763, John Wesley engaged him as an assistant; and for twenty-five years he performed the duties of an itinerant ministry. During the latter portion of his life he was dependent on a pension granted him by the Wesleyan Conference. He died in 1799. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872.… Go to person page >

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O Thou God of my salvation. T. Olivers. [Praise to the Saviour.] This hymn we attribute to T. Olivers on the following evidence.
1. It appeared at the end of A Short Account of the Death of Mary Langson of Taxall, in Cheshire, who died January the 20th, 1769. Printed in the Year MDCCLXXI.
2. We find it next in the Wesley Pocket Hymn Book, York, 1774 (5th ed., 1786, No. 171, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines). Through this Pocket Hymn Book it passed into American Use, where, abbreviated and re-arranged, it is still somewhat popular.
3. T. Olivers was the Superintendent of the Methodist Circuit in which Taxall was included, in 1769-71, and is usually regarded as the author of the Short Account, &c, as above, and the hymn appended thereto.
4. From the manuscript evidence in our possession (the S. MSS.), we feel that the ascription of the authorship to Olivers is correct.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



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