Eternal God, our wondering souls admire

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1 Eternal God, our wondering souls
Admire Thy matchless grace;
That Thou wilt walk, that Thou wilt dwell,
With Adam’s worthless race.

2 O lead me to that happy path,
Where I my God may meet;
Tho’ hosts of foes begird it round,
Tho’ briars wound my feet.

3 Cheered with Thy converse I can trace
The desert with delight:
Thro’ all the gloom one smile of Thine
Can dissipate the night.

4 Nor shall I thro’ eternal days
A restless pilgrim roam:
Thy hand, that now directs my course,
Shall soon convey me home.

5 I ask not Enoch’s rapturous flight
To realms of heav’nly day:
Nor seek Elijah’s fiery steeds,
To bear this flesh away.

6 Joyful my spirit will consent
To drop its mortal load,
And hail the sharpest pangs of death,
That break its way to God.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12580

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 >

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First Line: Eternal God, our wondering souls admire
Author: Philip Doddridge



The Cyber Hymnal #12580
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