496. Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands

1 Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands
that holy things have taken,
let ears that now have heard your songs
to clamour never waken.

2 Lord, may the tongues which 'Holy' sang
keep free from all deceiving,
the eyes which saw thy love be bright,
thy blessèd hope perceiving.

3 The feet that tread your holy courts
from your light do not banish,
the bodies by your body fed
with your new life replenish.

Text Information
First Line: Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands
Author (attributed to): Ephraim the Syrian, c. 306-73
Translator: Charles William Humphreys, 1840-1921
Translator: Percy Dearmer, 1867-1936
Publication Date: 1999
Meter: 87.87 iambic
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ;
Language: English
Tune Information
Arranger: Christoph Peter, 1626-69
Arranger: Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750
Meter: 87.87 iambic
Key: A Major
Source: Later form of melody from 'As Hymnodus Sacer', Leipzig, 1625

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