My times of sorrow and of joy Great God! are in thy handAuthor: Benjamin Beddome
Tune: SILOAM (Woodbury)
Published in 113 hymnals
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1 My times of sorrow and of joy,
Great God, are in thy hand;
My choicest comforts come from thee,
And go at thy command.
2 If thou should'st take them all away,
Yet would I not repine;
Before they were possessed by me,
They were entirely thine.
3 Now would I drop a murmuring word,
Though the whole world were gone,
But seek enduring happiness
In thee, and thee alone.
4 What is the world with all its store?
'Tis a deceitful cheat;
When I attempt to pluck the rose,
A piercing thorn I meet.
5 Here perfect bliss can ne'er be found,
The honey's mixed with gall;
Midst changing scenes and dying friends,
Be thou my all in all.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799
My times of sorrow and of joy. B. Beddome. [Resignation.] Written on Jan. 4, 1778, and published in Rippon's Baptist Selection, 1787, No. 276, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Resignation; or God's Portion." In R. Hall's posthumous edition of Beddome's Hymns, &c, 1817, No. 222, it is simply entitled "Resignation." It is a striking coincidence that, unknown to Beddome, his son, Dr. Benjamin Beddome, died of a fever in Edinburgh on the day that this hymn was written. Dr. Rippon says, in the Baptist Register, 1794, that the father preached on that day (Sunday) from Psalms xxxi. 15, "My times are in Thy hand," and that this hymn was sung at the close of the Sermon. It is very plaintive, and well suited for private use. It is in several modern collections, including the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858 and 1880.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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