Grieving For the Transgressors

Arise, my tenderest thoughts, arise

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 114 hymnals

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1 Arise, my tenderest thoughts, arise;
To torrents melt, my streaming eyes;
And thou, my heart, with anguish feel
Those evils which thou canst not heal.

2 See human nature sunk in shame;
See scandals poured on Jesus' name;
The Father wounded thro' the Son;
The world abused, the soul undone.

3 My God, I feel the mournful scene;
My spirit yearns o'er dying men;
And fain my pity would reclaim
And snatch the firebrands from the flame.

4 But feeble my compassion proves,
And can but weep where most it loves;
Thy own all-saving arm employ,
And turn these drops of grief to joy.

Source: International Song Service: with Bright Gems from fifty authors, for Sunday-schools, gospel meetings, missionary and young people's societies, prayer-meetings, etc. #206

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 >

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First Line: Arise, my tenderest thoughts, arise
Title: Grieving For the Transgressors
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Arise, my tenderest thoughts, arise. P. Doddridge. [Sorrow because of Sin.] Written, June 10, 1739, on the text, Ps. cxix. 158 ["Doddrige Manuscript"] and first published in J. Orton's edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, unaltered, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines and headed, "Beholding Transgressors with Grief." Also repeated in J. D. Humphreys's edition of Doddridge, 1839. It came into common use at an early date, both in the Church of England and amongst the Nonconformists, and is still retained in numerous collections in Great Britain and America. It is a powerful and strongly worded hymn of the older type, and is suited for use on behalf of missions.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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