1 Accept, O Lord, Thy servants' thanks
For Thy enlivening Word,
By Thy most Holy Spirit taught,
By holy prophets heard.
That Word in Thy recording Book
From age to age descends:
Her teaching here Thy Church begins,
And here her teaching ends.
2 Whate'er of truth the soul can need
To clear her darkling sight,
Whate'er to check the wandering feet,
And guide their course aright;
Whate'er of fear the bad to daunt,
Of hope the good to cheer:
All that may profit man, O Lord,
Thy bounty gives us here.
3 Joined with our household's little church,
And in our lonely hours,
And in the assembly of the saints,
That sacred Word be ours,
To read and hear, to mark and learn,
And inwardly digest;
And He who gave the word, may He
On those who learn it, rest!
4 Thence on our hearts may lively faith
Celestial comfort pour,
With patience, lightener of our ills,
And hope that looks before:
That we, with Thy united Church,
May lift our souls above,
And with one mind and mouth proclaim
Thy glory, God of love!
Mant, Richard D.D., son of the Rev. Richard Mant, Master of the Grammar School, Southampton, was born at Southampton, Feb. 12, 1776. He was educated at Winchester and Trinity, Oxford (B.A. 1797, M.A., 1799). At Oxford he won the Chancellor's prize for an English essay: was a Fellow of Oriel, and for some time College Tutor. On taking Holy Orders he was successively curate to his father, then of one or two other places, Vicar of Coggeshall, Essex, 1810; Domestic Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1813, Rector of St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London. 1816, and East Horsley, 1818, Bishop of Killaloe, 1820, of Down and Connor, 1823, and of Dromore, 1842. He was also Bampton Lecturer in 1811. He died Nov. 2, 1848. His prose works were numerou… Go to person page >
Accept, O Lord, Thy servant's thanks . Bp. R. Mant. [Holy Scripture .] This is one of the Original Hymns added by Bp. Mant to his Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary, 1837-71, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, and entitled "Hymn of Thanksgiving for Holy Scripture." Dr. Kennedy, in adopting it in his Hymnologia Christiana, 1863, No. 1195, has given the original text, with the change of stanza iii. line 7, from "And He, Who gave the word, may He" to "And 0, may He Who gave the Word.” The hymn is a plain poetical reflex of the sixth Article, and of the Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent. This hymn is also sometimes found in American collections, as the Pennsylvania Lutheran Church Book, 1868, and others.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: Accept, O Lord, Thy servants' thanksFirst Line: Accept, O Lord, Thy servants' thanksTune Title: OLD 81ST PSALMAuthor: Richard MantMeter: C. M.Date: 1890Subject: The Means of Grace | The Word of God; Sexagesima Sunday | ; Lent, First Sunday | ; Whit-Sunday |