Eternal source of every joy

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1 Eternal Source of every joy,
Well may Thy praise our lips employ,
While in Thy temple we appear,
Whose goodness crowns the circling year.

2 The flowery spring, at Thy command,
Embalms the air, and paints the land;
The summer rays with vigour shine,
To raise the corn, and cheer the vine.

3 Thy hand in autumn richly pours
Through all our coasts redundant stores;
And winters, softened by Thy care,
No more a face of horror wear.

4 Seasons, and months, and weeks, and days,
Demand successive songs of praise;
Still be the cheerful homage paid
With opening light, and evening shade.

5 Here in Thy house shall incense rise
As circling Sabbaths bless our eyes;
Still will we make Thy mercies known
Around Thy board, and round our own.

6 O may our more harmonious tongue
In worlds unknown pursue the song;
And in those brighter courts adore,
Where days and years revolve no more.

Source: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book: official hymn book of the Methodist Church #620

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Eternal source of every joy
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Eternal Source of every joy. P. Doddridge. [New Year.] Dated in the D. MSS. Jan. 1, 1736, and first published by Job Orton in his posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 43, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839, No. 55. In the D. MSS. the title is, "God crowning the Year with His goodness"; and in the Hymns, "The Year crowned with the divine goodness." It is usually given in an abbreviated form, the number of stanzas varying in the various hymn-books. Its use in Great Britain is much less extensive than in America. The text usually adopted is from the 1755 book, as in Lyra Britannica, 1867, p. 193; that, however, in the Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book is from the Brooke manuscript of Doddridge's Hymns. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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