Blest is the man whose heart expands

Blest is the man whose heart expands

Author: Joseph Straphan
Published in 51 hymnals

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1 Blest is the man whose heart expands
At melting pity's call,
And the rich blessings of whose hands
Like heavenly manna fall.

2 Mercy, descending from above,
In softest accents please;
Oh may each tender bosom move
When mercy intercedes.

3 Be ours the bliss in wisdom's way
To guide untutored youth,
And lead the mind that went astray
To virtue and to truth.

4 Children our kind protection claim,
And God will well approve,
When infants learn to lisp His name,
And their Creator love.

5 Delightful work! your souls to win,
And turn the rising race
From the deceitful paths of sin,
To seek redeeming grace.

6 Almighty God! thy influence shed
To aid this good design:
The honours of thy name be spread,
And all the glory thine.

Source: The Book of Worship #403

Author: Joseph Straphan

Straphan, Joseph. This author contributed 3 hymns to Rippon's Baptist Selection, 1787 (see p. 149, i.), viz.:—(1) "Blest is the man whose heart expands" (Education of the Young, (2) "On wings of faith mount up, my soul, and rise" (Heaven anticipated); and (3) "Our Father, Whose eternal sway" (Divine Worship). From No. 1 two centos have been taken:—(1) "Blest work the youthful mind to win," in several collections in Great Britain; and (2), "Delightful work, young souls to win," in use in America. Straphan's birth is given as 1757. From a hymn in the Gospel Magazine, we find that he resided at that time at Hanley. Further details are wanting. [Rev. W. R. Stephenson] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (190… Go to person page >

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First Line: Blest is the man whose heart expands
Author: Joseph Straphan

Notes

Blest is the man whose heart expands. J. Straphan. [For Sunday Schools.] First published in Rippon's Selection, 1787, No. 523, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. The form in which it usually appears in 4 stanzas was included by Cotterill in his Selection, 1819, No. 218, where it is appointed to be sung "At a Sermon for Charity Schools." A cento from this hymn, "Blest work, the youthful mind to win," is composed of stanzas v., iv., iii., and vi. considerably altered. It is found in this form in Baldwin's Preston Set of Psalms & Hymns, 1831, No. 21, and has been frequently repeated in later collections. A second cento, beginning with an alteration of stanza iii., as “Blest is the work in wisdom's ways," has also come into use. In these varying forms this hymn has attained to an extensive circulation. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the use of Universalist Societies and Families (13th ed.) #547

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #547

Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship. 4th ed. #d37

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Hymns for Sunday Schools #47

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Hymns for Youth, Suitable to be Used in Sabbath and Parochial Schools #259

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #666

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #666

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #666

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #666

Pocket Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d30

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected. (14th stereotype ed.) #159

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Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: original and selected (5th ed.) #B159

Sacred Melodies #d32

Select Hymns #d55

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Select Hymns: adapted to the devotional exercises of the Baptist denomination (2nd ed.) #448

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The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #394

The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d75

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The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #683

The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d54

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The Book of Worship #403

The Christian Hymn Book #d87

The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d90

The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d60

The Old Baptist Hymn Book #d42

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The Presbyterian Juvenile Psalmodist #165

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The Primitive Baptist Hymnal: a choice collection of hymns and tunes of early and late composition #482

The Providence Selection of Hymns, Supplementary to Dr. Watts. #d41

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #1241

Union Hymns. Rev. #d45

Union Hymns. Rev. #d47

Virginia Selection of Psalms #d55

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