O, those Blissful Hours

Blissful hours, when first I knew Him

Author: William Hunter
Published in 5 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Blissful hours, when first I knew him--
Jesus, friend of all our race;
When my heart clung fondly to him,
In delighted, firm embrace;
Then no fear nor sorrow shook me,
Of his boundless love possest;
In his saving arms he took me;
I reposed upon his breast.

2 When the sky with morning brighten'd,
And the day came on apace,
He my rising sun enlighten'd.
All my soul with beams of grace;
Upward to my Saviour springing,
On the wings of faith I flew;
Hymns of grateful praises singing,
Neither doubt nor care I knew.

3 When the light of day was waning,
And the evening shadows fell;
On his bosom safely leaning,
I could warble, "All is well."
I was happy in his keeping,
Happy through the shades of night;
Angels watch'd around me sleeping,
And I dream'd of heavenly light.

4 When the blessed Sabbath enter'd,
With its still and holy air;
On His house my thoughts were center'd,
For I long'd to meet him there.
There I met my glorious Saviour,
There I feasted on his word;
Mine his promises and favor,
Mine the everlasting Lord.

Source: The Minstrel of Zion: a book of religious songs, accompanied with appropriate music, chiefly original #57

Author: William Hunter

Hunter, William, D.D, son of John Hunter, was born near Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland, May 26, 1811. He removed to America in 1817, and entered Madison College in 1830. For some time he edited the Conference Journal, and the Christian Advocate. In 1855 he was appointed Professor of Hebrew in Alleghany College: and subsequently Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, at Alliance, Stark Country, Ohio. He died in 1877. He edited Minstrel of Zion, 1845; Select Melodies, 1851; and Songs of Devotion, 1859. His hymns, over 125 in all, appeared in these works. Some of these have been translated into various Indian languages. The best known are :— 1. A home in heaven; what a joyful thought. Heaven a Home. From his Minstrel of Zion, 1… Go to person page >

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First Line: Blissful hours, when first I knew Him
Title: O, those Blissful Hours
Author: William Hunter
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O, those blissful hours, they are so precious!
Copyright: Public Domain



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