Author: Elisha A. Hoffman Meter: 5.5.9 D with refrain Appears in 526 hymnals First Line: What a covenant, what a joy divine Refrain First Line: Leaning, leaning Lyrics: 1 What a *covenant, what a joy divine, leaning ... Topics: Fears; Peace Inner Scripture: Deuteronomy 33:27 Used With Tune: LEANING
What a Covenant
Author: Thomas O. Chrisholm, 1866-1960 Meter: 18.104.22.168 with refrain Appears in 146 hymnals First Line: Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father! Topics: Promise and Covenant Scripture: Genesis 8:22 Used With Tune: FAITHFULNESS
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Author: John Wesley Meter: Irregular Appears in 1 hymnal First Line: Lord, I am not mine, but yours alone Lyrics: ... , strong and true. And the covenant I make on earth, let ... Topics: Covenant; Covenant Scripture: Romans 8:22-27 Used With Tune: COVENANT
Composer: Jay D. Locklear; Adam Seate Meter: Irregular Appears in 1 hymnal Tune Key: F Major Incipit: 33211 32333 33431 Used With Text: Covenant Prayer
Appears in 30 hymnals Tune Sources: Covenant Hymn Incipit: 11621 71531 1164 Used With Text: Jesus, great High Priest of our profession
Composer: John Stainer Meter: 22.214.171.124 D Appears in 11 hymnals Incipit: 51321 54312 71325
Author: John Wesley Hymnal: Worship and Song #3115 (2011) Meter: Irregular First Line: Lord, I am not mine, but yours alone Lyrics: ... , strong and true. And the covenant I make on earth, let ... Topics: Covenant; Covenant Scripture: Romans 8:22-27 Languages: English Tune Title: COVENANT
Author: Count N. L. von Zinzendorf, 1700-1760 Hymnal: Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #89 (1920) Topics: Christ Head of the Church; Christ Priesthood and Kingship of; Christians Fellowship of; Church Unity of; Worship Tune Title: COVENANT
Jesus, great High Priest of our profession
Author: John Swertner, 1746-1813; Christian Andreas Bernstein, 1672-1699 Hymnal: Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #490 (1969) Lyrics: We in one covenant are joined And one in ... Topics: The Life in Christ Brotherly Love and Fellowship Languages: English Tune Title: WORSHIP
We in One Covenant Are Joined
1839 - 1929 Person Name: Elisha A. Hoffman Author of "What a Covenant" in The New Century Hymnal Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873.
Mary Louise VanDyke
Hoffman, Elisha Albright, author of "Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?" (Holiness desired), in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos, 1881, was born in Pennsylvania, May 7, 1839.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
E. A. Hoffman
1789 - 1855 Author of "The faithful covenant" in Congregational Hymn and Tune Book; containing the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut, adapted to Suitable Tunes Josiah Conder was born in London, in 1789. He became a publisher, and in 1814 became proprietor of "The Eclectic Review." Subsequently to 1824, he composed a series of descriptive works, called the "Modern Traveller," which appeared in thirty volumes. He also published several volumes of poems and hymns. He was the author of the first "Congregational Hymn Book" (1836). He died in 1855.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.
Conder, Josiah, fourth son of Thomas Conder, engraver and bookseller, and grandson of the Rev. John Conder, D.D., first Theological Tutor of Homerton College, was born in Falcon Street (City); London, Sept. 17, 1789, and died Dec. 27, 1855. As author, editor and publisher he was widely known. For some years he was the proprietor and editor of the Eclectic Review, and also editor of the Patriot newspaper. His prose works were numerous, and include:—
The Modern Traveller, 1830; Italy, 1831; Dictionary of Ancient and Modern Geography, 1834; Life of Bunyan, 1835; Protestant Nonconformity, 1818-19; The Law of the Sabbath, 1830; Epistle to the Hebrews (a translation), 1834; Literary History of the New Testament, 1845, Harmony of History with Prophecy, 1849, and others.
His poetical works are:—
(1) The Withered Oak,1805; this appeared in the Athenceum. (2) The Reverie, 1811. (3) Star in the East, 1824. (4) Sacred Poems, Domestic Poems, and Miscellaneous Poems, 1824. (5) The Choir and the Oratory; or, Praise and Prayer, 1837. Preface dated Nov. 8, 1836. (6) Hymns of Praise, Prayer, and Devout Meditation, 1856. This last work was in the press at the time of his death, and was revised and published by his son, the Rev. E. R. Conder, M.A. He also contributed many pieces to the magazines and to the Associated Minstrels, 1810, under the signature of " C." In 1838, selections from The Choir and Oratory were published with music by Edgar Sanderson, as Harmonia Sacra. A second volume was added in 1839. To Dr. Collyer’s (q.v.) Hymns, &c, he contributed 3 pieces signed "C"; and to Dr. Leifchild's Original Hymns, 1843, 8 hymns.
As a hymn-book editor he was also well known. In 1836 he edited The Congregational Hymn Book: a Supplement to Dr. Watts’s Psalms and Hymns (2nd ed. 1844). To this collection he contributed fifty-six of his own hymns, some of which had previously appeared in The Star in the East, &c. He also published in 1851 a revised edition of Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, and in the game year a special paper on Dr. Watte as The Poet of the Sanctuary, which was read before the Congregational Union at Southampton. The value of his work as Editor of the Congregational Hymn Book is seen in the fact that eight out of every ten of the hymns in that collection are still in use either in Great Britain or America.
As a hymn writer Conder ranks with some of the best of the first half of the present century. His finest hymns are marked by much elevation of thought expressed in language combining both force and beauty. They generally excel in unity, and in some the gradual unfolding of the leading idea is masterly. The outcome of a deeply spiritual mind, they deal chiefly with the enduring elements of religion. Their variety in metre, in style, and in treatment saves them from the monotonous mannerism which mars the work of many hymn writers. Their theology, though decidedly Evangelical, is yet of a broad and liberal kind. Doubtless Conder's intercourse with many phases of theological thought as Editor of the Eclectic Review did much to produce this catholicity, which was strikingly shewn by his embodying many of the collects of the Book of Common Prayer, rendered into verse, in his Choir and Oratory. Of his versions of the Psalms the most popular are "How honoured, how dear" (84th), and "O be joyful in the Lord" (100th). His hymns in most extensive use are," Bread of heaven, on Thee I feed; " “Beyond, beyond that boundless sea;" "The Lord is King, lift up thy voice" (this last is one of his best); "Day by day the manna fell;" "How shall I follow him I serve;" "Heavenly Father, to whose eye" (all good specimens of his subdued and pathetic style); and "O shew me not my Saviour dying." This last is full of lyric feeling, and expresses the too often forgotten fact that the Church has a living though once crucified Lord. The popularity of Conder's hymns may be gathered from the fact that at the present time more of them are in common use in Great Britain and America than those of any other writer of the Congregational body, Watts and Doddridge alone excepted. [Rev. W. Garrett Horder]
In addition to the hymns named above and others which are annotated under their respective first lines, the following, including two already named (4,16), are also in common use:—
i. From Dr. Collyer's Hymns, &c, 1812.
1. When in the hours of lonely woe. Lent.
ii. From The Star in the East, &c, 1824.
2. Be merciful, O God of grace. Ps. lxvii.
3. For ever will I bless the Lord. Ps. xxxiv.
4. How honoured, how dear. Ps. lxxxiv.
5. Now with angels round the throne. Doxology.
6. O Thou God, Who hearest prayer. Lent. Dated Sept. 1820. Usually abbreviated.
iii. From The Congregational Hymn Book, 1836.
7. Blessed be God, He is not strict. Longsuffering of God.
8. Followers of Christ of every name. Communion of Saints.
9. Grant me, heavenly Lord, to feel. Zeal in Missions desired.
10. Grant, 0 Saviour, to our prayers. Collect 5th S. after Trinity.
11. Head of the Church, our risen Lord. Church Meetings.
12. Holy, holy, holy Lord, in the highest heaven, &c. Praise to the Father.
13. Jehovah's praise sublime. Praise.
14. Leave us not comfortless. Holy Communion.
15. Lord, for Thv Name's sake! such the plea. In National Danger.
16. O be joyful in the Lord. Ps. c.
17. 0 breathe upon this languid frame. Baptism of Holy Spirit desired.
18. 0 give thanks to Him Who made. Thanksgiving for Daily Mercies.
19. 0 God, Protector of the lowly. New Year.
20. 0 God, to whom the happy dead. Burial.
21. 0 God, Who didst an equal mate. Holy Matrimony.
22. 0 God, Who didst Thy will unfold. Holy Scriptures.
23. 0 God, Who dost Thy sovereign might. Prayer Meetings.
24. 0 how shall feeble flesh and blood. Salvation through Christ.
25. 0 how should those be clean who bear. Purity desired for God's Ministers.
26. 0 say not, think not in thy heart. Pressing Onward.
27. 0 Thou divine High Priest. Holy Communion.
28. 0 Thou Who givest all their food. Harvest.
29. 0 Thou Whose covenant is sure. Holy Baptism.
30. Praise on Thee, in Zion-gates. Sunday.
31. Praise the God of all creation. Doxology
32. See the ransomed millions stand. Praise to Christ.
33. The heavens declare His glory. Ps. xix.
34. Thou art the Everlasting Word. Praise to Christ.
35. Thy hands have made and fashioned me. Thanks for Daily Mercies.
36. To all Thy faithful people, Lord. For Pardon.
37. To His own world He came. Ascension.
38. To our God loud praises give. Ps. cxxxvi.
39. Upon a world of guilt and night. Purification of B.V.M.
40. Welcome, welcome, sinner, hear. Invitation to Christ.
41. Wheresoever two or three. Continued Presence of Christ desired.
iv. From The Choir and the Oratory, 1837.
42. Baptised into our Saviour's death. Holy Baptism.
43. In the day of my [thy] distress. Ps. xx.
44. 0 comfort to the dreary. Christ the Comforter.
v. From Leifchild's Original Hymns, 1843.
45. I am Thy workmanship, 0 Lord. God the Maker and Guardian.
46. 0 Lord, hadst Thou been here! But when. The Resurrection of Lazarus.
47. 'Tis not that I did choose Thee. Chosen of God. This is altered in the Church Praise Book, N. Y., 1882, to “Lord, 'tis not that I did choose Thee," thereby changing the metre from 7.6 to 8.5.
vi. From Hymns of Praise, Prayer, &c, 1856.
48. Comrades of the heavenly calling. The Christian race.
When to these 48 hymns those annotated under their respective first lines are added, Conder’s hymns in common use number about 60 in all.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Conder, Josiah, p. 256, i. Other hymns are:—
1. O love beyond the reach of thought. The love of God.
2. O Thou, our Head, enthroned on high. Missions.
3. Son of David, throned in light. Divine Enlightenment desired.
4. Thou Lamb of God for sinners slain. Christ the Head of the Church. From "Substantial Truth, 0 Christ, Thou art."
These hymns are all from his Hymns of Praise, &c, 1856.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
1702 - 1751 Person Name: Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751 Author of "My God, The Covenant of Thy Love" in The Cyber Hymnal Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the last stage of consumption. He sailed to Lisbon, in 1751, where he died October 26, the same year. Two hundred pupils in all, gathered from England, Scotland and Holland, were prepared in his seminary, chiefly for the dissenting ministry, but partly for professions. The wide range of subjects, including daily readings in Hebrew and Greek, Algebra, Trigonometry, Watts' Logic, outline of Philosophy, and copious Divinity, is itself a proof of Doddridge's learning. He was presented with his D.D. degree by the University of Aberdeen. His fame as a divine, combined with his wide sympathies and gentle, unaffected goodness, won for him the friendship of Watts, Col. Gardiner and Hervey, and the esteem of Seeker and Warburton. He welcomed the work of Wesley and Whitefield, and entertained the latter on his visit to Northampton. His Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul and The Family Expositor both did good work in their day. For criticism of his hymns see English Hymnody, Early, § XIV. [Rev. H. Leigh Bennett, M.A.]
After Dr. Doddridge's death his hymns were published by his friend Job Orton, in 1755, as:—
"Hymns founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures. By the late Reverend Philip Doddridge, D.D. Published from the Author's Manuscript by Job Orton . . . Salop. Printed by J. Eddowes and J. Cotton, &c.
Concerning the text of the hymns, Orton says in his Preface:—
"There may perhaps be some improprieties, owing to my not being able to read the author's manuscript in particular places, and being obliged, without a poetical genius, to supply those deficiencies, whereby the beauty of the stanza may be greatly defaced, though the sense is preserved."
The 1st edition contained 370 hymns; the 2nd, 1759, 374; and the 3rd, 1766, and later editions, 375. In 1839 Doddridge's great-grandson re-edited the hymns from the original manuscript and published the same as:—
Scriptural Hymns by the Rev. Philip Doddridge, D.D. New and corrected edition containing many hymns never before printed. Edited from the Original Documents by the Author's great-grandson, John Doddridge Humphreys, Esq. Lond. Darton & Clark, 1839.
This work contains 22 additional hymns. The text differs in many instances from Orton's, but these changes have not come into common use. In addition to the manuscript used by Orton and J. D. Humphreys, another containing 100 hymns (five of which are not in any edition of the Hymns), all in the author's handwriting, and most of them dated, is referred to in this Dictionary as the "D. Manuscripts." It is the property of Mr. W. S. Booker and family. A manuscript, not in Doddridge's handwriting, of 77 "Hymns by P. Doddridge, Mar. 16, 1739/1740," is in the possession of Mr. W. T. Brooke. The existence of these manuscripts is accounted for from the fact that Doddridge's hymns were freely circulated in manuscript during his lifetime. It is from his correspondence with R. Blair (q.v.) that the few compositions traceable to him in the Scottish Trans. & Paraphrases were derived.
The hymns by Doddridge which have attained to the greatest popularity are:— “Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve"; " Do not I love Thee, O my Lord? " "Grace 'tis a charming sound”; " Hark, the glad sound, the Saviour comes"; "My God, and is Thy table spread?" "O happy day, that fixed my choice"; "O God of Jacob [Bethel], by Whose hand”; " See Israel's gentle Shepherd stand"; "Ye servants of the Lord." These hymns, with many besides, are annotated under their respective first lines. Of the rest, taken from the Hymns, &c, 1755, the following are also in common use:—
1. Behold the gloomy vale. Death anticipated.
2. Behold the Great Physician stands. Christ the Physician.
3. Captives of Israel, hear. Spiritual Deliverance.
4. Eternal God, our wondering souls. Enoch's Piety and Translation.
5. Eternal Source of life and thought. Subjection to the Father.
G. Exalted Prince of Life, we own. Christ the Prince and Saviour.
7. Father Divine, the Saviour cried. Christ's Submission to the Father.
8. Father Divine, Thy piercing eye. Secret Prayer.
9. Father of mercies, send Thy grace. Sympathy. The Good Samaritan.
10. Go, saith the Lord, proclaim my grace. Forgiveness.
11. God of Eternity, from Thee. Redeeming the Time.
12. God of my life, through all its [my] days. Praising God continually.
13. God. of salvation, we adore. Praise to God for Redemption.
14. Great Father of mankind. Gentiles brought into the Church.
15. Great God, we sing that mighty hand. The New Tear.
16. Great Leader of Thine Israel's host. During Persecution.
17. Great Lord of angels, we adore. Ordination.
18. Great Spirit of immortal love. Purity of Heart desired.
19. Great Teacher of Thy Church, we own. The Divine Precepts.
20. Hail, everlasting Prince of Peace. Sympathy.
21. Hail to the Prince of life and peace. Praise to Christ.
22. Hear, gracious [Saviour] Sovereign, from Thy throne. The Blessings of the Holy Spirit desired.
23. How gentle God's commands. God's Care of His Own.
24. How rich Thy favours, God of grace. God and His Living Temple.
25. How swift the torrent flows [rolls]. Our Fathers, where are they?
26. Jesus the Lord, our souls adore. Christ the Forerunner.
27. Jesus, we own Thy Sovereign hand. Christ to be fully known hereafter.
28. Loud let the tuneful trumpet sound. Gospel Jubilee.
29. My gracious Lord, I own Thy right. Life in Jesus.
30. My [Dear] Saviour, I am [we are] Thine. Joined to Christ through the Spirit.
31. My soul, with all thy waking powers. The Choice of Moses.
32. Now let our voices join. Singing in the ways of God.
33. 0 injured Majesty of heaven. Lent.
34. 0 Zion, tune thy voice. Glory of the Church of Christ.
35. Peace, 'tis the Lord Jehovah's hand. Resignation.
36. Praise the Lord of boundless might. The Father of Lights.
37. Praise to Thy Name, Eternal God. Growth in Grace desired.
38. Remark, my soul, the narrow bounds. The New Year.
39. Repent, the Voice celestial cries. Lent.
40. Return, my roving heart, return. Heart communing.
41. Salvation, O melodious sound. God our Salvation.
42. Saviour of men, and Lord of love. Ministry and Death of Christ.
43. Searcher of hearts, before Thy face. Peter to Simon Magus.
44. Shepherd of Israel, Thou dost keep. Induction or Settlement of a Minister.
45. Shine forth, eternal Source of light. Knowledge of God desired.
46. Shine on our souls, eternal God. Sunday.
47. Sing, ye redeemed of the Lord. Joy on the Homeward Way.
48. Sovereign of life, before Thine eye. Life and Death in God's hands.
49. The darkened sky, how thick it lours. Sorrow followed by Joy.
50. The day approacheth, O my soul. Judgment anticipated.
51. The King of heaven His table spreads. The Gospel Feast.
52. The promises I sing. The unchanging promises of God.
53. The swift-declining day. Walk in the Light.
54. These mortal joys, how soon they fade. Treasures, Perishable and Eternal.
55. Thy judgments cry aloud. Retributive Providence.
56. Thy presence, Everlasting God. Omnipresence of the Father.
57. 'Tis mine, the covenant of His grace. Death anticipated.
58. To Thee, my God; my days are known. Life under the eye of God.
59. Tomorrow, Lord, is Thine. Uncertainty of Life.
60. Triumphant Lord, Thy goodness reigns. The Divine Goodness.
61. Triumphant Zion, lift thy head. The Church Purified and Guarded.
62. Unite my roving thoughts, unite. Peace.
63. What mysteries, Lord, in Thee combine. Christ, the First and Last.
64. While on the verge of life I stand. Death anticipated with Joy.
65. With ecstacy of Joy. Christ the Living Stone.
66. Ye golden lamps of heaven, farewell. Heaven opening.
67. Ye hearts with youthful vigour warm. The Young encouraged.
68. Ye humble souls, that seek the Lord. Easter.
69. Ye sons of men, with joy record. Praise of the Works of God.
70. Yes, the Redeemer rose. Easter
In Dr. Hatfield's Church HymnBook, N. Y., 1872, Nos. 9, 12, 14, 15, 21, 23, 25, 29, 30, 32, 34, 35, 39, 40, 44, 47, 51, 61, 64, 65, 67, 69, 70, as above, are dated 1740. What authority there may be for this date we cannot say, these hymns not being in any “D. MSS." with which we are acquainted, and no dates are given in the Hymns, &c, 1755. Some later American editors have copied this date from Dr. Hatfield.
Doddridge's hymns are largely used by Unitarians both in Great Britain and America. As might be expected, the Congregationalists also draw freely from his stores. The Baptists come next. In the hymnals of the Church of England the choicest, only are in use. Taken together, over one-third of his hymns are in common usage at the present time.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Doddridge, Philip, D.D. At p. 305 an account is given of a manuscript volume of Doddridge's Hymns, which is the property of the Rooker family. Since that article was written another manuscript vol. has been found. It was the property of Lady Frances Gardiner, née Erskine, an intimate friend of Doddridge, and wife of Col. Gardiner. It is a copy of the Rooker manuscipt, with the revised text, as in the margin of that ms., and is in Doddridge's hand¬writing. It was from this manuscript that the Doddridge hymns were taken for the Scottish Translationsand Paraphrases, 1745. Additional hymns by Dr. Doddridge still in common use include:—
1. My God, how cheerful is the sound. All in Christ.
2. My Saviour, let me hear Thy voice. Pardon desired.
3. My soul, triumphant in the Lord. Divine Guidance assured.
4. No «iore, ye wise, your wisdom boast. Glorying in God alone. From Hymns, No. 128.
5. Now be that Sacrifice survey'd. Christ our Sacrifice.
6. 0 Israel, blest beyond compare. Happiness of God's Israel.
7. Our fathers, where are they? Considering the Past. From Hymns, No. 164.
8. Praise to the Lord on high. Missions.
9. Praise to the radiant Source of bliss. Praise for Divine Guidance.
10. Return, my soul, and seek thy rest. Rest in Jesus.
11. Salvation doth to God belong. National Thanksgiving.
12. Sovereign of Life, I own Thy hand. On Recovery from Sickness.
13. The sepulchres, how thick they stand. Burial.
14. There is a Shepherd kind and strong. The Good Shepherd. From Hymns, No. 216.
15. Wait on the Lord, ye heirs of hope. Waiting on God.
16. We bless the eternal Source of light. Christ's care of the Church.
17. With transport, Lord, our souls proclaim. Immutability of Christ.
18. Ye mourning saints, whose streaming tears. Death and Burial.
These all appeared in Dr. Doddridge's Hymns, 1755.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
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The Covenant Hymnal
Publication Date: 1973 Publisher: Covenant Press Publication Place: Chicago, Ill. Editors: J. I. Erickson; J. R. Hawkins; Covenant Press