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As Pants the Hart for Cooling Springs

As pants the for cooling springs, So longs my soul, O King of Kings

Author: James Merrick
Tune: SPOHR (Spohr 53351)
Published in 177 hymnals

Representative Text

1 As pants the hart for cooling springs,
So longs my soul, O King of kings,
Thy face in near approach to see,
So thirsts, great Source of Life, for Thee.

2 With ardent zeal, with strong desires,
To Thee, to Thee my soul aspires;
When shall I reach thy blest abode?
When meet the presence of my God?

3 God of my strength, attend my cry,
Say why, my great Preserver, why
Excluded from thy sight I go,
And bend beneath a weight of wo?

4 Why thus, my soul, with care opprest?
And whence the woes that fill my breast?
In all thy cares, in all thy woes,
On God thy steadfast hope repose.

5 To Him my thanks shall still be paid,
My sure defence, my constant aid;
His name my zeal shall ever raise,
And dictate to my lips his praise.

Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #422

Author: James Merrick

Merrick, James , M.A., was born in 1720, and educated at Oxford, where he became a Fellow of Trinity College. He entered Holy Orders, but his health would not admit of parish work. He died at Reading, 1769. His publications include:— (1) Messiah, a Divine Essay. Humbly dedicated to the Reverend the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and the Visitors of the Free School in Reading. By James Merrick, Ætat. 14, Senior Scholar of the School at their last Terminal Visitation, the 7th of October, 1734. Reading. (2) The Destruction of Troy. Translated from the Greek of Tryphiodorus into English Verse, with Notes, &c. 1742. (3) Poems on Sacred Subjects. Oxford . 1763. (4) The Psalms of David Translated or Paraphrased in English Verse… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: As pants the for cooling springs, So longs my soul, O King of Kings
Title: As Pants the Hart for Cooling Springs
Author: James Merrick
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


As pants the hart for cooling springs. J. Merrick. [Ps. xlii.] This metrical paraphrase of Ps. xlii. appeared in Merrick's Psalms Tr. or Paraphrased in English Verse, 1765, in 16 stanzas of 4 lines. Various compilations have been made therefrom, as in Collyer's Selection of 1812, the Islington Collection of 1830, and others.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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