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Reading the Scriptures

Great God, oppressed with grief and fear

Author: Benjamin Beddome (1787)
Published in 19 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Great God, oppress'd with grief and fear,
I take thy book and hope to find
Some gracious word of promise there,
To sooth the sorrows of my mind:

2 I turn the sacred volume o'er,
And search with care from page to page:
Of threatnings find an ample store,
But nought that can my grief assuage,

3 And is there nought? forbid dear Lord,
So base a thought should e'er arise;
I'll search again, and while I search,
O may the scales fall off mine eyes!

4 'Tis done: and with transporting joys,
I read the heaven-inspired lines;
There mercy spreads its brightest beams,
And truth with dazzling lustre shines.

5 Here's heavenly food for hungry souls,
And mines of gold to enrich the poor;
Here's healing balm for every wound,
A salve for every festering sore.

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

Author: Benjamin Beddome

Benjamin Beddome was born at Henley-in Arden, Warwickshire, January 23, 1717. His father was a Baptist minister. He studied at various places, and began preaching in 1740. He was pastor of a Baptist society at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, until his death in 1795. In 1770, he received the degree of M.A. from the Baptist College in Providence, Rhode Island. He published several discourses and hymns. "His hymns, to the number of 830, were published in 1818, with a recommendation from Robert Hall." Montgomery speaks of him as a "writer worthy of honour both for the quantity and the quality of his hymns." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Great God, oppressed with grief and fear
Title: Reading the Scriptures
Author: Benjamin Beddome (1787)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


This hymn does not appear in Beddome's Hymns of 1818, but it resembles Hymn 687, "When oppressed with sore affliction."



Instances (1 - 19 of 19)
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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #433

A New Selection of Psalms and Hymns from the Most Approved Authors, Adapted to Public and Private Worship. 2nd ed. #d168

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A Selection of Hymns & Psalms #242

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CCXXI

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CCXXI

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #330

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A Selection of Hymns #CCCXXX

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Baptist Hymn Book #a412

Hymns of Zion #d73

Hymns Selected #d68

Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d68

Select Hymns #d147

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Select Hymns #22

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Songs of Zion, Being a New Selection of Hymns, Designed for Revival and Social Meetings #23

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The Baptist Hymn Book #412

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #1048

The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d71

The Young Convert's Companion #d38

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