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1 And wilt thou, O eternal God,
On earth establish thine abode?
Then look propitious from thy throne,
And take this temple for thine 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 souls were born to glory here.

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #1131

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: And will the great eternal God
Title: Dedication
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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)




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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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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The Cyber Hymnal #332
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