The Moral Perfections of Deity Imitated

Great Author of the immortal mind

Author: John Needham
Published in 22 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Great Author of th' immortal mind!
For noblest thoughts and views design'd;
Make me ambitious to express
The image of thy holiness.

2 While I thy boundless love admire,
Grant me to catch the sacred fire;
Thus shall my heavenly birth be known,
And for thy child thou wilt me own.

3 Father, I see thy sun arise
To cheer thy friends and enemies;
And when thy rain from Heaven descends,
Thy bounty both alike befriends.

4 Enlarge my soul with love like thine;
My moral powers by grace refine;
So shall I feel another's woe,
And cheerful feed an hungry foe.

5 I hope for pardon through thy Son,
For all the crimes which I have done:
O, may the grace that pardons me
Constrain me to forgive like thee!

Source: A Selection of Hymns: from the best authors, intended to be an appendix to Dr. Watt's psalms and hymns. (1st Am. ed.) #XXIV

Author: John Needham

Needham, John, was the son of John Needham, Baptist Minister, of Hitchin, Herts, but the date of his birth is unknown. He would doubtless be educated by his father, who was a tutor and in repute as a learned man. In 1750 Needham became co-pastor with John Beddome at the Baptist meetinghouse in the Pithay, Bristol; but, two years later, Beddome having retired through age, a violent controversy arose in the Church with regard to a continuance of the plan of co-pastorship. As the result, Needham and a number of his friends removed to a Baptist meetinghouse in Callowhill Street, where a Mr. Foot was pastor. For a time the two societies used the same builing at different hours, but in 1755 they were united, with Mr. Needham and Mr. Foot as co-pa… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Great Author of the immortal mind
Title: The Moral Perfections of Deity Imitated
Author: John Needham
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #620

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #459

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A Collection of Spiritual Hymns #370

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #24

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A Selection of Hymns #XXIV

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Baptist Hymn Book #a14

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Choice Hymns #204

Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d159

Hymns for Social and Private Worship, Altered to a Devotional Form #d43

Hymns for Sunday Schools. 2nd ed. #d19

Sacred poetry #d147

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Sacred Poetry #aH.LXXXIII

Sacred Poetry #d146

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Sacred Poetry #H.LXXXIII

Supplement to Watts #d143

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The Baptist Hymn Book #14

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The Christian Psalmist #374

The Christian Psalter #d166

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #743

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