1 Blessed Saviour, who hast taught me
I should live to thee alone,
All these years thy hand hath brought me,
Since I first was made thine own.
At the font my vows were spoken
By my parents in the Lord:
That my vows shall be unbroken,
At the altar I record.
2 I would trust in thy protecting,
Wholly rest upon thine arm;
Follow wholly thy directing,
O my only guard from harm!
Meet me now with thy salvation
In thy Church’s ordered way;
Let me feel thy confirmation
In thy truth and fear today; A-men.
3 So that, faith and firmness gaining,
Hope in danger, joy in grief,
Now and evermore remaining
Steadfast in the true belief,
Resting in my Saviour’s merit,
Strengthened with the Spirit’s strength,
With thy Church I may inherit
All my Father’s joy at length.
Neale, John Mason, D.D., was born in Conduit Street, London, on Jan. 24, 1818. He inherited intellectual power on both sides: his father, the Rev. Cornelius Neale, having been Senior Wrangler, Second Chancellor's Medallist, and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and his mother being the daughter of John Mason Good, a man of considerable learning. Both father and mother are said to have been "very pronounced Evangelicals." The father died in 1823, and the boy's early training was entirely under the direction of his mother, his deep attachment for whom is shown by the fact that, not long before his death, he wrote of her as "a mother to whom I owe more than I can express." He was educated at Sherborne Grammar School, and was afterwards… Go to person page >
Blessed Saviour, who hast taught me. J. M. Neale. [Confirmation.] Appeared in his Hymns for the Young, 1842 (new edition, 1860), in 6 stanzas of 8 lines. In this form it is seldom if ever used. An abbreviated and altered text, as "Holy Father, Thou hast taught me," is found in some collections for children. It is compiled from stanzas i., iv., and v. and vi.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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