560. Like a River Glorious

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1 Like a river glorious is God's perfect peace,
over all victorious in its bright increase:
perfect, yet still flowing fuller every day;
perfect, yet still growing deeper all the way.

Trusting in the Father, hearts are fully blest,
finding, as he promised, perfect peace and rest.

2 Hidden in the hollow of his mighty hand,
where no harm can follow, in his strength we stand.
We may trust him fully all for us to do;
those who trust him wholly find him wholly true. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Like a river glorious
Title: Like a River Glorious
Author: Frances R. Havergal (1878, alt.)
Refrain First Line: Trusting in the Father
Meter: 65 65 D with refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 1987
Topic: Walk with God; Assurance; Confession of Sin (5 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: James Mountain (1876)
Meter: 65 65 D with refrain
Key: F Major

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Isa. 66:12
st. 2 = Ps. 37:24

Frances R. Havergal (PHH 288) wrote this text in 1874 in Leamington, England. First appearing in leaflet form, the text was published in a collection of her poems, Loyal Responses (1878), without music. The Psalter Hymnal version is notably altered from the original three stanzas.

Like “Trust and Obey” (548) and various psalms of trust, this text extols the blessing of trusting in God's care and keeping. Such trust produces serenity (st. 1), strength to face each day (st. 2), and "perfect peace and rest" (ref.).

Liturgical Use:
As a hymn of trust for many occasions of worship; a sung benediction.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

James Mountain (b. Leeds, York, England, 1844; d. Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, 1933) composed WYE VALLEY for Havergal's text on one of his first preaching tours through Britain. Throughout his life Mountain was influenced by the Countess of Huntington and her following of evangelical Pietists in the Anglican Church. He was trained at the Pietist Rotterham College and later served the Countess's church in Tunbridge Wells (1889-1897).

Strongly influenced by Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey's (PHH 73) evangelistic tour of England, Mountain followed their example and did evangelistic work from 1874 to 1889, both in England and abroad. Later he became a Baptist and founded St. John's Free Church in Tunbridge Wells. Mountain wrote a number of devotional works as well as hymns and hymn tunes. Mountain also imitated Sankey's musical style. Assisted by Frances Havergal, he compiled Hymns of Consecration and Faith (1876), which included her text with the heading "Perfect Peace." WYE VALLEY is named for the district around the village of Wye, near Ashford in Kent.

This relatively simple tune is marked by repeated melody tones. In fact, the refrain melody is a repeat of the latter half of the tune for the stanzas. Sing in harmony throughout in six long phrases rather than twelve short ones. Try singing unaccompanied on stanza 2.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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