A present God is all our strength

A present God is all our strength

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 17 hymnals

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1 A present God is all our strength,
And all our joy and hope;
When he withdraws, our comforts die,
And every grace must droop.

2 But flattering trifles charm our hearts
To court their false embrace,
Till justly this neglected friend
Averts his angry face.

3 He leaves us and we miss him not;
But go presumptuous on,
Till baffled, wounded, and enslaved,
We learn that God is gone.

4 And what, my soul, can then remain
One ray of light to give?
Severed from him, their better life,
How can his children live?

5 Hence, all ye painted forms of joy,
And leave my heart to mourn:
I would devote these eyes to tears,
Till cheered by his return.

6 Look back, my Lord, and own the place,
Where once thy temple stood;
For lo, its ruins bear the mark
Of rich atoning blood.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: Philip Doddridge

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… Go to person page >

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First Line: A present God is all our strength
Author: Philip Doddridge
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d1

Chapel Hymns #d4

Parish Psalmody #d3

Parish Psalmody #d3

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H205

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors: to which are added a number never before published #CIX

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns: from the most approved authors: to which are added a number never before published (2nd ed.) #CIX

The Southern Psalmist #d5

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d7

Village Hymns #d1

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original: designed as a supplement to Dr. Watts's Psalms and hymns (Stereotyped ed.) #174

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