1 A hymn of humble, heartfelt thanks
To thee, O Lord, we bring;
Now tune our lips to grateful lays,
And help us while we sing.
We will ever praise thee, we will ever bless thee,
We will praise thee, we will bless thee,
We will magnify thy holy name forevermore;
For thy mercies and thy kindness
We will praise thy holy name.
2 Let ev’ry human heart rejoice,
The ransom price is paid;
The blood from out his riven side
Hath full atonement made. [Refrain]
3 From off the willows take thy harp,
And tune to loftier songs;
Sing praises to the Triune God,
To whom all praise belongs. [Refrain]
Lelia (Mrs. C.H.) Morris (1862-1929) was born in Pennsville, Morgan County, Ohio. When her family moved to Malta on the Muskingum River she and her sister and mother had a millinery shop in McConnelsville. She and her husband Charles H. Morris were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church and at the camp meetings in Sebring and Mt. Vernon. She wrote hymns as she did her housework. Although she became blind at age 52 she continued to write hymns on a 28-foot long blackboard that her family had built for her. She is said to have written 1000 texts and many tunes including "Sweeter as the years go by."
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