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As pants the wearied hart for cooling springs

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1 As pants the wearied hart for cooling springs,
That sinks exhausted in the summer's chase,
So pants my soul for Thee, great King of kings,
So thirsts to reach Thy sacred dwelling place.

2 Lord, Thy sure mercies, ever in my sight,
My heart shall gladden through the tedious day;
And 'midst the dark and gloomy shades of night,
To Thee, my God, I'll tune the grateful lay.

3 Why faint, my soul? why doubt Jehovah's aid?
Thy God, the God of mercy, still shall prove;
Within His courts thy thanks shall yet be paid:
Unquestion'd be His faithfulness and love.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: Robert Lowth

Robert Lowth was born in 1710, in Winchester. He was educated at Winchester School, and at New College, Oxford; Professor of Poetry in the Univesity of Oxford in 1741; Prebend of Durham, 1755; Bishop of S. David's, 1766; translated to Oxford the same year, and to London, 1777; declined the Archbishopric of Canterbury, 1783. He died in 1787. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872. Go to person page >

Translator: George Gregory

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Text Information

First Line: As pants the wearied hart for cooling springs
Translator: George Gregory (1787)
Author: Robert Lowth (1753)
Source: Latin
Language: English


As pants the wearied hart for cooling streams. G. Gregory. [Ps. xlii.] First published in 1787 in George Gregory's translation of Bishop Lowth's Praelectiones Sacrae. It is a translation of the Bishop's Latin Version of Ps. xlii. It was given in an altered form in Cotterill's Selection, 1819, p. 25, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, and repeated in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, p. 58, with, in the latter case, the signature in the Index—“Bp. Lowth." It has come common use in its altered form, both in Great Britain and America, but abbreviated. It is found in the American Protestant Episcopal Praise Book Collection as early as 1826. [William T. Brooke]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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