While the stars unnumbered roll

While the stars unnumbered roll

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 8 hymnals

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While the stars unnumbered roll
Round the ever-constant pole,
Far above these spangled skies
All my thoughts to God shall rise.

From on high He shall impart
Secret comfort to my heart;
He in these serenest hours
Guide my spiritual powers.

He His spirit doth diffuse,
Sweeter far than midnight dews;
Lifting all my thoughts above,
On the wings of faith and love.

What if death my sleep invade;—
Should I be of death afraid?
Whilst encircled by Thine arm,
Death may strike, but cannot harm.

Visions brighter than the morn
Greet the deathless spirit born;
See, the guardian angel nigh
Waits to waft my soul on high!

With Thy heavenly presence blest,
Death is life, and labor, rest;
Welcome sleep or death to me,
Still secure, for still with Thee!

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #555

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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Author: Philip Doddridge


While the stars unnumbered roll. A cento from “Interval of grateful shade," p. 569, ii.

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



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A Book of Hymns and Tunes: for the Sunday-School, the Congregation and Home: 2nd ed. #135Page Scan
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #555Text
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #555Page Scan
Hymns and Tunes for the Sunday School, the Congregation and the Home #d188
Hymns for the Christian Church, for the Use of the First Church of Christ in Boston #452Page Scan
Hymns of the Church Universal #587Page Scan
Hymns of the Spirit #184Page Scan
Unitarian Service Book, and Hymns for Church and Home. Abridged ed. #d493