Witness, ye men and angels, now

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1 Let earth and heaven witness now,
before the Lord we speak;
to him we make our solemn vow,
a vow we dare not break,

2 that, long as life itself shall last,
ourselves to Christ we yield,
nor from his cause will we depart,
nor ever quit the field.

3 We trust not in our native strength,
but on his grace rely,
that with returning wants, the Lord
will all our need supply.

4 O guide our doubtful feet aright,
and keep us in thy ways,
and while we turn our vows to prayers,
turn thou our prayers to praise.

Source: Rejoice in the Lord #473

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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