Unchanging God hear from eternal heaven

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1 Unchanging God, hear from eternal heaven:
We plead Thy gifts of grace, forever given,
Thy call, without repentance, calling still,
The sure election of Thy sov'reign will.

2 Out of our faith in Thee, who canst not lie,
Out of our heart’s desire, goes up the cry,
From hope’s sweet vision of the thing to be,
From love to those who still are loved by Thee.

3 Bring Thy beloved back, Thine Israel,
Thine own elect who from Thy favor fell,
But not from Thine election! O forgive,
Speak but the word, and, lo! the dead shall live.

4 Father of mercies! these the long astray,
These in soul-blindness now the faraway,
These are not aliens, but Thy sons of yore,
O, by Thy Fatherhood, restore, restore!

5 Breathe on Thy Church, that it may greet the day;
Stir up her will to toil, and teach, and pray,
Till Zionward again salvation come,
And all her outcast children are at home.

6 Triune Jehovah, Thine the grace and power,
Thine all the work, its past, its future hour;
O Thou, who failest not, Thy gifts fulfill,
And crown the calling of Thy changeless will.

Source: Concordia: a collection of hymns and spiritual songs #195

Author: S. J. Stone

Stone, Samuel John, a clergyman of the Church of England, the son of Rev. William Stone, was born at Whitmore, Staffordshire, April 25, 1839. He was educated at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he was graduated B.A. in 1862. Later he took orders and served various Churches. He succeeded his father at St. Paul's, Haggerstown, in 1874. He was the author of many original hymns and translations, which were collected and published in 1886. His hymns are hopeful in spirit and skillfully constructed. He published several poetic volumes. He died November 19, 1900 --Hymn Writers of the Church, 1915 (Charles Nutter)… Go to person page >

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First Line: Unchanging God hear from eternal heaven
Author: S. J. Stone


Unchanging God, hear from eternal Heaven. S. J. Stone. [On behalf of the Jews.] Written for the East London Mission to the Jews, 1885. Abbreviated in the 1889 Supplemental Hymns to Hymns Ancient & Modern.

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



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