Vital Union to Christ

Representative Text

1 Dear Saviour! we are Thine,
By everlasting bands;
Our hearts, our souls, we would resign
Entirely to Thy hands.

2 To thee we still would cleave
With ever-growing zeal;
If millions tempt us Christ to leave,
Oh, let them ne’er prevail!

3 Thy Spirit shall unite
Our souls to Thee our Head;
Shall form in us Thine image bright,
And teach Thy paths to tread.

4 Death may our souls divide
From these abodes of clay;
But love shall keep us near Thy side,
Thro’ all the gloomy way.

5 Since Christ and we are one,
Why should we doubt or fear?
If He in heav’n has fixed His throne,
He’ll fix His members there.

Source: Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #253

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Dear Savior! we are thine
Title: Vital Union to Christ
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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The Baptist Hymnal #452

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