Lord, Thou Lov'st the Cheerful Giver

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1 Lord, thou lov'st the cheerful giver,
who with open heart and hand
blesses freely, as a river
that refreshes all the land.
Grant us then the grace of giving
with a spirit large and free,
that our life and all our living,
we may consecrate to thee.

2 We are thine, thy mercy sought us,
found us in death's dreadful way,
to the fold in safety brought us,
never more from thee to stray.
Thine own life thou freely gavest
as an off'ring on the cross
for each sinner whom thou savest
from eternal shame and loss.

3 Blest by thee with gifts and graces,
may we heed thy church's call;
gladly in all times and places
give to thee who givest all.
Thou hast bought us, and no longer
can we claim to be our own;
ever free and ever stronger,
we shall serve thee, Lord, alone.

4 Savior, thou hast freely given
all the blessings we enjoy,
earthly store and bread of heaven,
love and peace without alloy;
humbly now we bow before thee,
and our all to thee resign;
for the kingdom, pow'r, and glory,
are, O Lord, forever thine.

Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #434

Author: Robert Murray

Murray, Robert, Minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, born Dec. 25, 1832, is the author of "From ocean unto ocean" (National Hymn), and "Lord, Thou lov'st the cheerful giver" (Almsgiving), in the Scotch Church Hymnary, 1898. [Rev. James Bonar M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)… Go to person page >



John Zundel's BEECHER (named after Henry Ward Beecher, his pastor) was first published in his Christian Heart Songs (1870) as a setting for Charles Wesley's "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" (568). The tune is also known as ZUNDEL. Approximating the shape of a rounded bar form (AA'BA'), BEECHER is…

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