Ever patient, gentle [loving], meek

Representative Text

1 Ever patient, gentle, meek,
Holy Saviour! was Thy mind;
Vainly in myself I seek,
Likeness to my Lord to find;
Yet, that mind which was in Thee,
May be, must be formed in me.

2 Days of toil, 'mid throngs of men,
Vexed not, ruffled not Thy soul;
Still, collected, calm, serene.
Thou each feeling couldst control.
Lord, that mind which was in Thee,
May be, must be formed in me.

3 Though such griefs were Thine to bear,
For each sufferer Thou couldst feel;
Every mourner's burden share,
Every wounded spirit heal:
Saviour! let thy grace in me
Form that mind which was in Thee.


Source: Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #462

Author: Charlotte Elliott

Elliott, Charlotte, daughter of Charles Elliott, of Clapham and Brighton, and granddaughter of the Rev. H. Venn, of Huddersfield, was born March 18, 1789. The first 32 years of her life were spent mostly at Clapham. In 1823 she removed to Brighton, and died there Sept. 22, 1871. To her acquaintance with Dr. C. Malan, of Geneva, is attributed much of the deep spiritual-mindedness which is so prominent in her hymns. Though weak and feeble in body, she possessed a strong imagination, and a well-cultured and intellectual mind. Her love of poetry and music was great, and is reflected in her verse. Her hymns number about 150, a large percentage of which are in common use. The finest and most widely known of these are, "Just as I am” and "My God… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Ever patient, gentle [loving], meek
Author: Charlotte Elliott
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Ever patient, gentle [loving], meek. Charlotte Elliott. [Resignation.] Contributed to The Invalid's Hymn Book, 1834, No. 97, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines, and headed, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus," Phil. ii. 5. It was repeated in subsequent editions of the same. In Longfellow and Johnson's Book of Hymns, Boston, U.S., 1846, it was given with the omission of stanza ii., anonymously, and with the opening line as "Ever patient, loving, meek.” The original text was restored in the Andover Sabbath Hymn Book, 1858.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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Converted to Christianity as a youth at a mission in Buffalo, New York, Marcus Morris Wells (b. Cooperstown, NY, 1815; d. Hartwick, NY, 1895) spent most of his life near Hartwick as a farmer and maker of farm implements. He is remembered in hymnody for writing both the text and tune of "Holy Spirit,…

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