As Pants the Hart

As pants the hart for cooling streams, When heated in the chase

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Representative Text

1 As pants the hart for cooling streams
when heated in the chase,
so longs my soul, O God, for thee,
and thy refreshing grace.

2 For thee, my God, the living God,
my thirsty soul doth pine:
O when shall I behold thy face,
thou majesty divine?

3 Why restless, why cast down, my soul?
Hope still, and thou shalt sing
the praise of him who is thy God,
thy health's eternal spring.

4 To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
the God whom we adore,
be glory, as it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #591

Text Information

First Line: As pants the hart for cooling streams, When heated in the chase
Title: As Pants the Hart
Source: Tate and Brady's New Version, 1696, 1698
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


As pants the hart for cooling streams. Tate and Brady. [Ps. xlii.] Appeared in the New Version of the Psalms, 1696, in 6 double stanzas of 4 lines. From it numerous compilations have been made extending from three stanzas to six, with Tate & Brady's C. M. doxology sometimes added as in Hymns Ancient & Modern but usually without alterations, save in some special instances to be noted. A copy of the Book of Common Prayer with the New Version appended thereto being within the reach of all, full details of those arrangements from the original are uncalled for. The principal texts which have been altered are:—
1. That by the Rev. H. F. Lyte, which appeared in his Spirit of the Psalms, 1834, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, the third stanza being rewritten from Tate & Brady. It is found in several collections both in Great Britain, and America, and may be recognized by comparing any given text with the New Congregational Hymn Book, 57, or Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 513.
2. Another version is found in Hall’s Mitre, 1836. From Hall's manuscript Notes in his private copy of the Mitre, we find the alterations were made by E. Osier, who assisted Hall in compiling that collection. This arrangement is limited in use.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



MARTYRDOM was originally an eighteenth-century Scottish folk melody used for the ballad "Helen of Kirkconnel." Hugh Wilson (b. Fenwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, c. 1766; d. Duntocher, Scotland, 1824) adapted MARTYRDOM into a hymn tune in duple meter around 1800. A triple-meter version of the tune was fir…

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Instances (1 - 28 of 28)

Ambassador Hymnal #594


Ancient and Modern #591

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #42

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #607

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #355

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #32

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Common Praise #379

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #44

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #226

Hymns and Psalms #416


Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #32

Hymns Old and New #38

Rejoice in God #15


Revival Hymns and Choruses #38

Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #113

Sing Praise to God #2

Spurgeon's Own Hymn Book #42b

The Baptist Hymnal #380

The Book of Hymns #13

The Book of Praise #26

The Covenant Hymnal #436


The Cyber Hymnal #209

The Liturgical Harp #35a

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The New Century Hymnal #481

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The New English Hymnal #337

The Sacred Harp #230


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #557


Together in Song #25

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #661

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