O God, Whose Will Is Life and Good

Representative Text

1 O God, whose will is life and good
for all of mortal breath,
unite in bonds of servanthood
all those who strive with death.

2 Make strong their hands and hearts and wills
to drive disease afar,
to strive against the body's ills
and wage your healing war.

3 By healing of the sick and blind,
Christ's mercy they proclaim,
make known the great Physician's mind,
affirm the Savior's name.

4 Before them set your gracious will,
that they, with heart and soul,
to you may consecrate their skill
and make the sufferer whole.

Source: The Worshiping Church #413

Author: H. D. Rawnsley

Rawnsley, Hardwicke Drummond, M.A., son of the Rev. R. D. B. Rawnsley, M.A., sometime Prebendary of Lincoln, was born at Shiplake-on-Thames, Sept. 28,1850, and educated at Ball. Coll., Oxford, B.A. 1875, M.A. 1883; D. 1875, P. 1877; Curate of St. Barnabas, Bristol, 1875-77; Vicar of Low Wray, Lancashire, 1878-83, and Vicar of Crosthwaite since 1883. He became Rural Dean of Keswick 1883, Hon. Canon of Carlisle 1893, and Proctor in Convocation 1905. His publications include: Notes for the Nile, 1892; Literary Associations of the English Lakes, 1894; Memoir of Harvey Goodwin, Bishop of Carlisle, 1896; Sermons on the Logia, 1897, and various books of Poems and Sonnets. The best-known of his hymns are:— 1. Hark! I hear the trumpet sounding… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Father, whose will is life and good
Title: O God, Whose Will Is Life and Good
Author: H. D. Rawnsley (1922, alt.)
Language: English





Composed by Johann Crüger (PHH 42) as a setting for Paul Gerhardt's "Nun danket all’ und bringet Ehr," GRÄFENBERG was first published in the 1647 edition of Crüger's Praxis Pietatis Melica. The tune is arbitrarily named after a water-cure spa in Silesia, Austria, which became famous in the 1820…

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Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #408

The Covenant Hymnal #479


The Cyber Hymnal #1671


The Worshiping Church #413

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