1 And art Thou, gracious Master, gone,
A mansion to prepare for me?
Shall I behold Thee on the throne,
And there for ever sit with Thee?
Then let the world approve or blame,
I’ll triumph in Thy glorious name.
2 Should I to gain the world’s applause,
Or to escape its harmless frown,
Refuse to countenance Thy cause,
And make Thy people’s lot my own:
What shame would fill me in that day,
When Thou Thy glory wilt display!
3 And what is man, or what his smile?
The terror of his anger, what?
Like grass he flourishes a while,
But soon his place shall know him not.
Thro’ fear of such a one shall I
The Lord of Heav’n and earth deny?
4 No! let the world cast out my name,
And vile account me if they will;
If to confess the Lord be shame,
I purpose to be viler still.
For Thee, my God, I all resign,
Content if I can call Thee mine.
5 What transport then shall fill my heart,
When Thou my worthless name wilt own;
When I shall see Thee as Thou art,
And know as I myself am known!
From sin and fear and sorrow free,
My soul shall find its rest in Thee.
Kelly, Thomas, B.A., son of Thomas Kelly, a Judge of the Irish Court of Common Pleas, was born in Dublin, July 13, 1769, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was designed for the Bar, and entered the Temple, London, with that intention; but having undergone a very marked spiritual change he took Holy Orders in 1792. His earnest evangelical preaching in Dublin led Archbishop Fowler to inhibit him and his companion preacher, Rowland Hill, from preaching in the city. For some time he preached in two unconsecrated buildings in Dublin, Plunket Street, and the Bethesda, and then, having seceded from the Established Church, he erected places of worship at Athy, Portarlington, Wexford, &c, in which he conducted divine worship and preached. H… Go to person page >
And art Thou, gracious Master, gone? T. Kelly. [Reproach of the Cross.] First published in the first edition of his Hymns, &c, 1804, p. 26, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines, as the first of a series of hymns on the "Reproach of the Cross." It is also found in all subsequent editions of the same work. In 1812, Dr. Collyer gave it in his Selection; it was repeated by Montgomery in his Christian Psalmist, 1825; and by Bickersteth in the Christian Psalmody, 1833, thus coming into common use. The hymn, “Shall I to gain the world's applause," is a cento therefrom, composed of lines 1-4 of stanzas ii., iv. and iii., in the order named and slightly altered. This cento in L.M. appeared in Nettleton's (American) Village Hymns, 1824, No. 411, and from thence has passed into a few American collections.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: And Art Thou, Gracious Master, Gone?First Line: And art Thou, gracious Master, goneTune Title: PERTHAuthor: Thomas KellyMeter: 88.88.88Source: Hymns on Varius Passages of Scripture, 1804