And will the great eternal God

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1 And will the great, eternal God
On earth establish his abode?
And will he, from his radiant throne,
Accept our temples for his own?

2 These walls we to thy honor raise;
Long may they echo with thy praise:
And thou, descending, fill the place
With choicest tokens of thy grace.

3 Here let the great Redeemer reign,
With all the graces of his train;
While power divine his word attends,
To conquer foes, and cheer his friends.

4 And in the great decisive day,
When God the nations shall survey,
May it before the world appear
That crowds were born to glory here.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #560

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: And will the great eternal God
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English


And will the great Eternal God? P. Doddridge. [Opening of a Place of Worship.] Written for the opening of a new place of worship at Oakham. In the "D. MSS." it is undated. In 1755 it was included by J. Orton in his edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, No. 49, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and repeated in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839. In 1826 it was embodied in an altered form in the American Prayer Book Collection as, "And wilt Thou, O Eternal God." This arrangement, in common with the original, is in extensive use in America. A cento from the original is also given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875, No. 994, as “Great God, Thy watchful care we bless." It is composed of stanzas iii., iv., and vi., slightly altered. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




Edward Miller (b. Norwich, England, 1735; d. Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, 1807) adapted ROCKINGHAM from an earlier tune, TUNEBRIDGE, which had been published in Aaron Williams's A Second Supplement to Psalmody in Miniature (c. 1780). ROCKINGHAM has long associations in Great Britain and North Amer…

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First published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1793), DUKE STREET was credited to John Hatton (b. Warrington, England, c. 1710; d, St. Helen's, Lancaster, England, 1793) in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Virtually nothing is known about Hatton, its composer,…

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