Blest are the moments, doubly blest

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1 Blest are the moments, doubly blest,
That, drawn from this one hour of rest,
Are with a ready heart bestowed
Upon the service of our God!

2 Each field is then a hallowed spot,
An altar is in each man's cot,
A church in every grove that spreads
Its living roof above our heads. A-men.

3 Look up to heaven! the industrious sun
Already half his race hath run;
He cannot halt or go astray,
But our immortal spirits may.

4 Lord, since his rising in the east,
If we have faltered or transgressed,
Guide, from thy love's abundant source,
What yet remains of this day's course;

5 Help with thy grace through life's short day
Our upward and our downward way,
And glorify for us the west,
When we shall sink to final rest.

Amen.

Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #218a

Author: William Wordsworth

Wordsworth, William, the poet, the son of an attorney, was born at Cockermouth in 1770, and educated at St. John's College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1791. Devoting himself to literature, and especially to poetry, he gradually rose into the front rank of English poets. His works include Lyrical Ballads, 1798; Poems; The Prelude; The Excursion, 1814, &c. All his poetical productions were collected and republished under his own supervision in 7 vols., in 1842. He died at Kydal Mount, near Grasmere, in 1850. Notwithstanding his rank and reputation as a poet, his pieces used as hymns are limited to the following extracts from his poems:— 1. Not seldom clad in radiant vest. Christ, the Unchangeable. This is No. v. of five "… Go to person page >

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First Line: Blest are the moments, doubly blest
Author: William Wordsworth (1834)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

Notes

Blest are the moments, doubly blest, No. 263 in The English Hymnal, 1906, is taken from W. Wordsworth's "Labourer's Noon-day Hymn,” which appeared in his Yarrow Revisited, 1835, p. 178, and Poetical Works, 1837, as "Up to the throne of God is borne"; see p. 1294, ii. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

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