A Song of Praise to Christ

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1 Come, every pious heart
That loves the savior’s name,
Your noblest powers exert
To celebrate his fame;
Tell all above, and all below;
That debt of love, to him you owe.

2 Such was his zeal for God,
and such his love for you,
He nobly undertook
What Gabriel could not do:
His every deed of love and grace
All words exceed, and thoughts surpass.

3 He left his starry crown
And laid His robes aside;
On wings of love came down,
And wept, and bled, and died:
What he endur'd, O who can tell?
To save our souls from death and hell.

4 From the dark grave he rose,
The mansions of the dead;
And thence his mighty foes
In glorious triumph led:
Up thro' the sky the conqueror rode;
And reigns on high, the savior God.

5 From thence he’ll quickly come,
His chariot will not stay,
And bear our spirits home
To realms of endless day:
There shall we see his lovely face,
And ever be in his embrace.

6 Jesus, we ne’er can pay
The debt we owe thy love;
Yet, tell us how we may
Our gratitude approve:
Our hearts, our all, to thee we give:
The gift, tho' small, thou wilt receive.


Source: A Selection of Hymns: from the best authors, intended to be an appendix to Dr. Watt's psalms and hymns. (1st Am. ed.) #CDLXXXIX

Author: Samuel Stennett

Samuel Stennett was born at Exeter, in 1727. His father was pastor of a Baptist congregation in that city; afterwards of the Baptist Chapel, Little Wild Street, London. In this latter pastorate the son succeeded the father in 1758. He died in 1795. Dr. Stennett was the author of several doctrinal works, and a few hymns. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Come every pious heart
Title: A Song of Praise to Christ
Author: Samuel Stennett
Meter: 6.6.6.6.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Come, every pious heart. S. Stennett. [Praise to Christ.] Appeared in A Collection of Hymns for the Use of Christians of all Denominations, Lond. 1782, and again in Rippon's Selection, 1787, No. 489, in 6 stanzas of 6 lines, and entitled, "A Song of Praise to Christ." As given in modern collections it is usually composed of stanzas i., iii.-v., as in the Baptist Psalms and Hymns, 1858-80, No. 269, where, however, it is dated 1832 in error. Its use in America is very extensive. In the Church Sunday School Hymn Book, 1879, it is given as, "Come, every youthful heart," and in a few collections as "Come, ye who love the Lord, And feel His,” &c, including Dr. Walker's Cheltenham Psalms & Hymns, 1855, and others.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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