Sweet the time, exceeding sweetAuthor: George Burder
Published in 95 hymnals
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1 Sweet the time, exceeding sweet,
When the saints together meet,
When the Saviour is the theme,
When they joy to sing of Him.
2 Sing we then eternal love,
Such as did the Father move:
He beheld the world undone,
Loved the world, and gave His Son.
3 Sing the Son's amazing love;
How He left the realms above,
Took our nature and our place,
Lived an died to save our race.
4 Sing we, too, the Spirit's love;
With our stubborn hearts He strove,
Filled our minds with grief and fear,
Brought the precious Saviour near.
5 Sweet the place, exceeding sweet,
Where the saints in glory meet:
Where the Saviour's still the theme,
Where they see and sing of Him.
Source: Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #51
Sweet the time, exceeding sweet. G. Burder. [Christian Fellowship.] Published in the Gospel Magazine, April, 1779, p. 220, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, headed "An Hymn for Christian Company," and signed "A. R." In 1784 it was given, unaltered, in G. Burder's Collection of Hymns, as No. 66, and in the Index it is signed "G. Burder." In Cotterill's Selection 1810, No. 46, it is altered to "Great the joy, the union sweet." This form is in extensive use. In the 8th edition of his Selection Cotterill altered it again to "Great the joy when Christians meet." This, also, is well known. In one or two collections it is also altered to "Gladsome 'tis when Christians meet."
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 2 of 2)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #4||Sweet the time, exceeding sweet, When the Saints together meet||Sweet the time, exceeding sweet, When the Saints together meet||HENDON||1982|
|The Cyber Hymnal #10484||Sweet The Time, Exceeding Sweet||Sweet the time, exceeding sweet||INNOCENTS||George Burder||77.77||<cite>The Gospel Magazine</cite>, April 1779|