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On Opening a Place of Worship

Great God, thy watchful care we bless

Author: Philip Doddridge
Tune: VENITE (Garrett)
Published in 38 hymnals

Printable scores: MusicXML
Audio files: Recording

Representative Text

1 Great God, thy watchful care we bless,
Which guards our synagogues in peace;
Nor dare tumultuous foes invade,
To fill the worshippers with dread.

2 These walls we to thy honor raise,
Long may they echo to thy praise:
And thou, descending, fill the place
With choicest tokens of thy grace.

3 Here let the great Redeemer reign
With all the graces of his train;
While power divine his word attends,
To conquer foes, and cheer his friends.

4 And in the great decisive day,
Then God the nations shall survey;
May it before the world appear
That crowds were born to glory here.


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

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Great God, thy watchful care we bless
Title: On Opening a Place of Worship
Author: Philip Doddridge
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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Methodist Tune Book: a collection of tunes adapted to the Methodist Hymn book #38

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A Baptist Hymn Book, Designed Especially for the Regular Baptist Church and All Lovers of Truth #d253

A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. with a Supplement #d198

A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d177

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the People Called Methodists, with a Supplement #736

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #521

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A Collection of Hymns #615

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CCXXXVII

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CCXXXVII

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #339

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A Selection of Hymns #CCCXXXIX

Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs #CLXX

Familiar Hymns, Alphabetically Arranged. #d82

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Hymns and Offices of Worship #296

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Hymns #895

Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #d258

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Methodist Hymn-Book #674

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Methodist Tune Book #38

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Offices of Worship and Hymns #296

Revival Hymns ... with a Supplement. 2nd ed. #d89

Sabbath School and Social Hymns of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the U.S.A. #d80

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Sacred Poetry #264

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Selection of Hymns for the Sunday School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church #2

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Selection of Hymns for the Sunday School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church #4

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Sunday School Hymn Book. (19th ed) #146

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Sunday-School Hymns #311

Supplement to Watts #d151

The African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymn Book #d144

The Baptist Harmony #d125

The Baptist Harmony #d125

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The Discipline of the United Freewill Baptist Church #62

The New England Sunday School Hymn Book #d44

The Primitive Hymns #d196

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #1057

The Sabbath School Choir #d20

The Sabbath School Hymn Book #d82

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