Behold the gloomy vale

Behold the gloomy vale

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 22 hymnals

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1 Behold the gloomy vale,
Which thou, my soul, must tread,
Beset with terrors fierce and pale,
That leads thee to the dead.

2 Ye pleasing scenes, adieu!
Which I so long have known.
My friends, a long farewell to you!
For I must pass alone.

3 But see! a ray of light,
With splendours all divine,
Breaks through these dreary realms of night,
And makes its horrors shine.

4 Where death, where darkness reigns,
Jehovah is my stay:
His rod my trembling feet sustains,
His staff defends my way.

5 Great Shepherd! lead me on;
My soul disdains to fear.
Death's gloomy phantoms all are flown,
Now life's great Lord is near.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #484

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: Behold the gloomy vale
Author: Philip Doddridge
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy #484

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A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy #484

A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d38

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #409

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #573

A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d19

A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d29

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #573

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #573

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Christian Hymns #87

Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d63

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The Cluster of Spiritual Songs, Divine Hymns and Sacred Poems #DCXXXIV

The Providence Selection of Hymns, Supplementary to Dr. Watts. #d32

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